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  • 10.2.1 Pretérito perfecto simple (indefinido) in Spanish [0/3]
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  • Adverbs of frequency and time (adverbios de tiempo) give information on time, duration, and frequency.

    They give an answer to questions starting with “when?” or "how often?”.

    Examples: 

    • Ahora me voy a la cama. (I'll go to bed now.)
    • A menudo voy al gimnasio. (I often go to the gym.)

    Verb-modifier 

    Adverbs of frequency and time generally modify the verb they refer to. 

    Since they refer to a verb, they do not change according to the gender or number.

    Examples: 

    • Ayer nos fuimos a un restaurante italiano. (Yesterday we went to an Italian restaurant.)
    • Nunca te mentí. (I never lied to you.)

    Placement 

    Adverbs of fequency and time can be placed before or after the verb they modify. 

    Examples: 

    • Llegó tarde a clase. (He came to class late.)
    • Todavía no ha acabado la universidad. (He has not finished university yet.)

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    Adverbs of frequency and time list

    Spanish adverb English adverb Example English translation
    ahora now Ahora me voy a casa.  I'll go home now.
    anoche last night  Anoche salí con unos amigos.  Last night I went out with some friends.
    anteanoche night before last  Anteanoche ví a Juan. The night before last I saw Juan.
    anteayer day before yesterday Anteayer me fui de compras. The day before yesterday I went shopping.
    antes  before Volví a casa antes de que se levantara. I arrived home before he got up.
    aún still, yet Aún no se ha ido. He has not left yet.
    ayer yesterday Ayer me fui a Madrid. Yesterday I went to Madrid.
    después after Después, nos fuimos al teatro. Then we went to the theatre. 
    hoy today Hoy tengo una cita por Skype. Today I have a Skype meeting.
    jamás never Jamás sería capaz de hacerte daño. I would never be able to hurt you.
    luego after, then Ahora ceno y luego voy al cine. Now I have dinner and then I'll go to the cinema.
    mañana tomorrow Mañana es mi cumpleaños. Tomorrow is my birthday.
    nunca never Nunca te mentiría. I would never lie to you.
    pronto soon Te llamaré pronto. I will call you soon.
    siempre  always Siempre tomo un café en ese bar. I always have a coffee in that bar.
    tarde late Esa noche volvímos a casa tarde. That night we came back home late.
    temprano early Ayer me desperté temprano. Yesterday I got up early.
    todavía still, yet Todavía no he visto esa película. I have not watched that movie yet.
    ya already Ya te dije que fumar no está permitido. I already said to you that smoking is not allowed.

    Adverbial expressions

    In addition to single words, Spanish uses adverbial expressions to express time as well. 

    There are different types of adverbial expressions:

    1. preposition + adjective 
    2. preposition + noun
    3. preposition + verb
    4. adverb + adverb

    1. Preposition + adjective

    Adverbial expression English Example
    a menudo often A menudo voy a la piscina. ( I often go to the swimming pool.)
    de nuevo again Tengo que ir a la farmacia de nuevo. (I have to go to the pharmacy again.)
    de pronto suddenly Se fue de pronto. (Suddenly he went away.)
    de repente suddenly La tierra empezó a temblar de repente. (Suddenly the earth started shaking.)

    2. Preposition + noun

    Adverbial expression English Example
    a veces sometimes A veces desayuno huevos. (Sometimes I have eggs for breakfast.)
    de día in the daytime Llegamos a Gante de día. (We arrived in Ghent in the daytime.)
    de noche in the nighttime Nos fuimos de la oficina de noche. (We left the office in the nighttime.)
    por la mañana  in the morning Por la mañana suelo tomarme un café. (I usually have a coffee in the morning.)
    por la noche at night Llegué a casa por la noche. (I arrived home at night.)
    por la tarde in the afternoon Por la tarde me fui al parque. (In the afternoon, I went to the park.)

    3. Preposition + verb

    Adverbial expression English Example
    al amanecer at dawn Nos fuimos a la playa al amanecer. (We went to the beach at dawn.)
    al anochecer at nightfall Miguel llegó a Cádiz al anochecer. (Miguel arrived in Cadiz at nightfall.)
    al atardacer at dusk Paseamos por la playa al atardecer. (We  strolled along the beach at dusk.)
    al salir el sol at sunrise Salieron al salir el sol. (They set off at sunrise.)

    4. Adverb + adverb

    Adverbial expression English Example
    de ahora en adelante from now on Desde entonces, no podemos quejarnos ya. (From now on, we cannot complain anymore.)
    de vez en cuando once in a while

    De vez en cuando voy a Valencia a ver a mi novio. (I go to Valencia to visit my boyfriend once in a while.)

    desde entonces since then He madurado desde entonces. (I have grown up since then.)