La palabra ‘time’ se utiliza muchísimo en inglés y, como nunca tenemos suficiente ‘tiempo’, aquí tienes un resumen de usos y expresiones típicas para aprender y utilizar en tu clase online. It’s time to make time!! (¡Ya es hora de buscar tiempo!)

En esta lista tienes la traducción de cada expresión y un ejemplo de cómo utilizarlas. Las primeras con preposiciones son fáciles de confundir, ¡presta atención a los matices! ¡Espero que te sea de ayuda para no “quedarte a cuadros”!

  • At the timeen aquel momento.
    • Soon after they met they decided to get married. At the time it seemed an ideal match but within a few years their different personalities began to cause friction.
  • At one timeen cierto momento.
    • At one time, the streets of the city were lit by gas, but that was at least a hundred years ago.’
  • In timecon tiempo de sobra.
    • ‘When she heard her father was dying, she immediately went to the hospital and arrived just in time.’
  • On timecon puntualidad.
    • ‘The trains are very punctual. They always arrive on time
  • At timesde vez en cuando.
    • ‘He’s quite happy in London but of course, he misses Madrid at times.’
  • For the time beingpor ahora.
    • ‘We’re painting our son’s bedroom, so for the time being he is sleeping in our room.’

A continuación, tienes más expresiones muy comunes que contienen la palabra ‘time’.

  • Pressed for timecon poco tiempo disponible.
    • ‘I’m afraid I can’t talk to you at the moment. I’m a bit pressed for time’ 
  • Behind the timesanticuado, desfasado.
    • ‘We must keep up to date. We can’t compete successfully with other firms if we get behind the times in our methods.’ 
  • In his timeen su tiempo / época.
    • ‘My father has been to nearly every country in the world in his time.’
  • Before my time antes de mi época, antes de mi participación o conocimiento.
    • A person called Wilson used to be CEO of this company but I never met her. It was before my time.’    
  • At the same time al mismo tiempo / a su vez.
    • ‘Joanne is really looking forward to starting her new job in Athens but at the same time she’s very nervous’    
  • In no time en muy poco tiempo, casi instantáneamente.
    • ‘She’s very bright and a quick learner. She learnt to use the new computer program in no time’   
  • All in good time todo en su moment.
    • ‘You can have a new mobile phone but not yet! All in good time’
  • In the nick of time justo a tiempo.
    • ‘The firefighters got the children out in the nick of time. Less than a minute later the building collapsed’   
  • Time after time – una y otra vez.
    • ‘I’ve warned them about it time after time but they never listen.’  
  • About time too por fin.
    • ‘Ah, here you are! About time too! I’ve been waiting for half an hour!’
  • For old time’s sake por los viejos tiempos.
    • ‘I met up with 2 old friends recently and we went back to our favourite pub for old time’s sake.’    
  • Time on his hands – tener tiempo libre.
    • ‘Now Steve has retired he finds it strange to have so much time on his hands.’   

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