M2014 Grammar: Tenses & Time Adverbials
M2014 Grammar: Tenses & Time Adverbials


  • Module: English
  • Unit: M2014
  • Instructor: Danny
  • Level: Level 3

Unit Overview

This unit is divided into two lessons.

Lesson 1 concentrates on the English time adverbials Time adverbials describe when an action happens, how often it happens and how long. Hence, we can say that English time adverbials belong to three categories: Time adverbials of time, frequency and duration. This lesson has been divided into seven subsections. The first subsection deals with adverbials in general, the second subsection looks at time adverbials, contrasts specific and non-specific, and looks at their position in the sentence. The third section deals with present time adverbials, section four talks about time adverbials used with the English perfect tenses. Section five is dedicated to past time adverbials, whereas section six to future time adverbials. Section seven focuses on adverbials of necessary time, whilst the last section on adverbials of existence between the past, present and past situations.

The focus in lesson 2 is on ways of expressing futurity in the English language and the English perfect tenses. The English language does not have future tense to express future time, but rather forms of talking about the future (modal verb will/shall+infinitive), which in pedagogical grammar are called future tenses, other tenses, such as the present simple tense or the present progressive tense, or other forms like: be going to, be to, be about to, be due to, be on the point of, be on the verge of, etc.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Have clear understanding of the adverbials used with each of the verb tenses;
  • Understand adverbs of frequency and time adverbs and time adverbials;
  • Make difference between the meaning that certain adverbials which can used in combination with two or more tenses;
  • Use the adverbials correctly and more confidently in both written and spoken form of language;
  • Have clear understanding between the meaning and the usage of the different forms of taking about futurity in the English language;
  • the forms in both written and spoken language in context;

Unit Tasks

  • Read and review the lesson study guide;
  • Watch the lesson videoss
  • Read, review, and complete the teaching note
  • Complete assignment 2, and review the answers
  • Take and complete the quiz test


Each lesson in this unit offers 100 credits, including:

  • 25 credits for video attendance.
  • 25 credits for completing teaching notes, 5 for each blank
  • 25 credits for completing multiple choice questions, 5 for each question
  • 25 credits for taking the quiz test, 5 for each question

Video Attendance

Credit Value Requirement
25 Watch more than 3 times
20 Watch more than 2 times
15 Watch more than 1 time
0 Watch less than 1 time
(including 1 time)

Lecture Notes

Credit Value Requirement
5 First answer is correct.
4.5 Second answer is correct.
4 Third answer is correct.
3 Third answer is incorrect

Multiple Choice

Credit Value Requirement
5 First choice is correct.
4.5 Second choice is correct.
4 Third choice is correct.
3 Third choice is incorrect


Credit Value Requirement
5 Choice is correct.
0 Choice is incorrect.