French adverbs of time

French adverbs of time

Adverbs of time in French refer to words that describe when an action occurs.

Some common adverbs of time in French are “maintenant” (now), “hier” (yesterday), “demain” (tomorrow), and “toujours” (always).


  1. Je mange maintenant. (I am eating now.)
  2. Je suis allé à l’école hier. (I went to school yesterday.)
  3. Je vais à la plage demain. (I am going to the beach tomorrow.)
  4. Je parle français toujours. (I always speak French.)

It’s also important to note that French adverbs of time can be placed in different positions within a sentence depending on the emphasis desired.

For example, “Je mange maintenant” emphasizes the present moment, while “Maintenant, je mange” emphasizes the contrast with a previous time.

Practice making sentences with adverbs of time in French to get a better understanding of their usage and placement within sentences.

MORE: Here’s a list of some common French adverbs of time and their English translations:

  1. aujourd’hui – today
  2. hier – yesterday
  3. demain – tomorrow
  4. maintenant – now
  5. tout de suite – right away
  6. bientôt – soon
  7. tôt – early
  8. tard – late
  9. déjà – already
  10. encore – again/still/yet
  11. jamais – never
  12. parfois – sometimes
  13. souvent – often
  14. toujours – always
  15. rarement – rarely
  16. d’habitude – usually
  17. enfin – finally/at last
  18. ensuite – then/next
  19. pendant – during/for (a period of time)
  20. récemment – recently
  21. longtemps – for a long time

It’s worth noting that some of these words can function differently in different contexts. For instance, “encore” can mean “again” in one context, “still” in another, and “yet” in yet another context.

Always consider the context in which an adverb is used.


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