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Conjunctions of Time Part II

A conjunction is a part of speech that connects words, phrases, or sentences. The easiest conjunctions to remember are "and" and "or." But there are conjunctions that do more than just connect—they give meaning to a sentence by expressing the time that something is happening: conjunctions of time.

 

You can easily tell if a conjunction of time is being used in a sentence because the sentence will tell you when something happens or for how long something is occurring. If you can make a "when" or "for how long" question from the sentence, and that question can be answered by the other half of the sentence, then you know that the sentence is using a conjunction of time.

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In Part I, we learned about when, before, after, while, as, by the time, until, and till. Let's continue today with the remaining conjunctions of time.

 

Since

 

There have been ravens here since the reign of Charles the Second,

Caption 9, The London Story Tower of London

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And I've been doing that since I was ten years old.

Caption 6, Ashley Tisdale Thanksgiving Traditions

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Be careful not to confuse the conjunction of time "since" with the preposition "since," which means "because."

 

As soon as

 

As soon as your baby is born, you will give it to me.

Caption 41, Fairy Tales Rapunzel 

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As soon as we showed up, the bears raced off into the forest.

Caption 8, Alaska Revealed Tidal bores, icebergs and avalanches

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Whenever

 

You should try to ignore cyberbullying whenever possible.

Caption 4, Bob Parsons Cyberbullies

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You can listen to Radio One whenever you want.

Caption 56, Hozier Someone New

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The first (second, third etc.) time

 

The first time was a very good experience and the second time is also a very good experience.

Captions 5-6, The Olympics Teresa Gabriele (Canada)

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That was the third time we were in the studio.

Caption 22, MTV News Selena Gomez Decodes Her Instagram Pics

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Further Learning
Go to Yabla English and find other sentences (not questions) that contain the conjunctions of time "since," "as soon as," "whenever," and "the first time"—or any time you care to choose! Write these sentences down and practice making questions and answers from the sentences like we did above.

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