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  • If you're lost, you can look and you will find me, time after time.

  • Hey, everyone.

  • I'm Alex.

  • Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on some common word pairs or expressions with time.

  • So, not just the word "time", but different expressions we use to indicate time, or different

  • expressions or word pairs we use to talk about how long something takes, or when something happens.

  • So, first we're going to look at five, and then we're going to look at another five,

  • and each time we go over one of these word pairs I'll give you an example sentence, and

  • I want you to, you know, see if you can guess the meaning of this expression from the context,

  • and then I will tell you the actual definition of, you know, what this expression or this

  • word pair means.

  • So, let's not waste any more time and let's begin.

  • Number one: "then and there".

  • The sentence is: "I was hired then and there."

  • Now, if you know the meaning, obviously, of "then", at that time;

  • and "there", in that place - it means at that moment.

  • Okay? So at that exact moment.

  • At that moment.

  • So, imagine you go to a job interview in this case and the interview goes very well, sometimes

  • the person who does your job interview says:

  • "Okay, we'll... We'll call you back and we'll let you know."

  • But sometimes if they know that you're the right person for the job, they will tell you

  • when... They will ask you, actually: "When can you start?" and they will hire you on the spot,

  • they will hire you then and there, in that moment.

  • Okay?

  • So that's what "then and there" means, at that moment.

  • Or: "She kissed me then and there.", "I was hired then and there."

  • Next: "sooner or later".

  • Sooner or later.

  • "You'll have to do it sooner or later."

  • So, most of us I think don't like washing dishes or we don't like doing the laundry,

  • and we just look at it in the corner, you know, telling ourselves: "Okay, we will do it.

  • Not now, later. Later."

  • Okay?

  • And maybe, you know, somebody will tell you:

  • "Okay, can you...? Can you do it now? Because you will have to do it sooner or later."

  • And in this case it means eventually.

  • Okay?

  • So, to say something a little more serious: "Sooner or later we're all going to die."

  • You know, it's going to happen.

  • It's going to happen.

  • That's not the happiest memory or the happiest image, but you know, I think you get the meaning.

  • Sooner or later.

  • "Wait and see".

  • Very simply: "Let's wait and see what happens."

  • This just means let's be patient.

  • Be patient.

  • Okay?

  • So, if you are watching a movie with a friend and your friend wants to know what happens

  • next in the movie because you have seen the movie before, and your friend's like:

  • "Oh, what happens next? What happens next?"

  • And you just say: "Wait and see.

  • Okay? Just wait and you will see what happens next."

  • So, just be patient.

  • Now, the final two on the first board are very similar: "now and then", "from time to time".

  • Both of these, if you look at the sentences:

  • "I talk to him now and then.",

  • "She reads biographies from time to time."

  • What do you think these expressions mean?

  • Sometimes, that's right.

  • So, infrequently or sometimes.

  • Sometimes.

  • Another word, maybe might be new for some of you guys: "infrequently", not frequently,

  • and these are interchangeable.

  • Okay?

  • So: "now and then", "from time to time".

  • "We go to restaurants from time to time.", "We go to restaurants now and then.",

  • "I read mystery novels from time to time.", "I read mystery novels now and then."

  • -"How often do you call your mom?"

  • -"Now and then.", -"From time to time."

  • Okay?

  • So, we have: "then and there", "sooner or later", "wait and see",

  • "now and then", "from time to time".

  • And now let's look at five more.

  • So, magic.

  • Ooo.

  • Hwah!

  • Okay, so the next five.

  • First: "quick and easy".

  • "The test was quick and easy."

  • So, something that doesn't take a lot of time, is not very difficult, basically let's just say

  • very easy.

  • Doesn't take time, doesn't take a lot of effort.

  • So, often, if you like to cook and you see recipes on the internet or in a cookbook,

  • you know, some of the cookbooks are called: "Quick and Easy Recipes".

  • So, a quick and easy recipe for pancakes, for example.

  • Okay?

  • So something that doesn't take a lot of time and something that is simple, not complicated.

  • The final four are all very much related to making progress.

  • So, think about your own progress in English and learning a new language.

  • Now, to learn a new language you should go "slowly but surely".

  • So: "He's improving slowly but surely."

  • So, you're doing something slowly, it's not fast, like learning a language takes time,

  • but if you go watch videos or study your books or listen to movies, you will definitely,

  • like, surely...

  • Slowly but surely, definitely improve.

  • So this just means gradually.

  • You will gradually improve.

  • Okay?

  • So let's go slowly but surely, slowly but surely.

  • Next: "slow and steady".

  • "Don't rush!

  • Just go slow and steady."

  • So, you see: "slowly but surely", "s but s", "slow and steady", "s and s".

  • Basically, they both mean gradually or without rushing.

  • So, I'm just going to write without rushing, not rushing.

  • And if you're sitting there watching me, saying: "What is 'rush'?

  • What does 'rushing' mean?"

  • To rush means to do something quickly, very, very fast.

  • Okay?

  • So: "Don't rush. Just go slow and steady."

  • Steady, like calmly, at a regular pace.

  • Not, like, fast, slow, fast, slow, but the same pace.

  • You're very focused.

  • Okay.

  • Next: "little by little" and "step by step".

  • Oo, baby.

  • You guys know what I'm talking about.

  • So: "Little bit little, we're getting there."

  • Same as here: "Slowly but surely", gradually, "little by little", this is also an Oasis song.

  • "Little by little", something, something.

  • I can't remember.

  • If you know, let me know in the comments.

  • And finally: "step by step".

  • "Just go step by step."

  • So, you take steps when you walk.

  • Right?

  • So if you do something step by step by step, you start at the bottom and you maybe keep

  • walking up, or you are at the beginning of a very long journey, a very long trip, and you...

  • How do you get to the end?

  • How do you reach your goal?

  • Step by step by step by step.

  • Okay? So, gradually.

  • So, those are a lot of expressions, 10 of them in fact, and if you'd like to

  • test your understanding of all of this stuff today,

  • as always, you can check out the quiz on www.engvid.com.

  • And I really, really recommend...

  • You know, these are very, very common things that we use in everyday conversation, so make

  • sure you master them, take your time, go slow and steady, slowly but surely,

  • and step by step you will see your English improve.

  • All right?

  • So once again, check out that quiz.

  • And til next time, thanks for clicking.

  • See ya.

  • If you-[hums]-time after time.

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me, time after time.

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