WHEN something happens (Easy English Grammar)

Please look at the following calendar:


Let’s pretend that today is Wednesday, February 9.
We will start with and an easy one. What do we call Thursday, February 10th? Tomorrow of course! 
Now when we talk about Friday, February 11th we will say “the day after tomorrow.” 

“I will go to Hokkaido the day after tomorrow.”

After Friday the 11th we count how many days forward and use the preposition IN. Remember that today is Wednesday, February 9th, so if we want to talk about Saturday, February 12th we would say “IN 3 days.”

“I will go to Hokkaido IN 3 days.” = 3 days from today.

What would we say for Sunday the 13th? That’s right! “IN 4 days.”

We can use the preposition IN with other periods of time too.

Jason will be here IN about 10 minutes. = About 10 minutes from now.
We’re leaving IN an hour. = 1 hour from now.
I will go to Hokkaido IN 3 weeks. = 3 weeks from now.
I will graduate IN 2 months. = Two months from now.
My Dad will retire IN 4 years. = 4 years from now.


Now past times, what do we call Tuesday, February 8th?
Now, what do you think we call Monday, February 7th?
We say “the day before yesterday.”

“I went to Hokkaido the day before yesterday.”

Before Monday, February 7th we count backward and use the word AGO. 
Remember that today is Wednesday, February 9th, so if we want to talk about Sunday, February 6th we would say “3 days AGO.”

“I went to Hokkaido 3 days AGO.” = 3 days before today. (earlier)

What would we say for Saturday, February 5th? You got it! “4 days AGO.”

We can also use the preposition AGO with other periods of time.

Jason left work about 20 minutes AGO. = About 20 minutes earlier.
The pizza came an hour AGO. = 1 hour before now.
I went to Hokkaido 3 weeks AGO. = 3 weeks before today.
I graduated 2 months AGO. = Two months before earlier.
My Dad retired 4 years AGO. = 4 years before earlier.

“Where is my new computer!!! I ordered it 6 days AGO!!!

“I’m sorry sir, your computer should arrive the day after tomorrow.”

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