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16 common English collocations with the word TIME

Common English Collocations with Time

Common English collocations with the word “time”

Time, time, time – here are 16 different ways to use time in English! Learn these common English collocations to improve your vocabulary.

spend time

To pass your time doing some activity.

  • I spend a lot of time studying English.

waste time

Doing something that is not a good use of time.

  • Stop wasting time playing computer games and get to work!

make time for

To “create” time in a busy schedule.

  • I need to make time for regular exercise – maybe I can go to the gym before work.

save time

Something that is efficient and gives you extra time

  • Shopping online saves me time because I don’t have to wait in line at the store.

free/spare time

Time in which you have no obligations, and you can do whatever you want.

  • In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting, and cooking.

have time

Be available to do something.

  • I’d like to take violin lessons, but I don’t have enough time.

kill time / pass the time

Do something to make the time pass faster while you’re waiting for something else.

  • Let’s bring some magazines to help pass the time on the train ride.

take your time

You can use as much time as you want, you don’t have to go fast.

  • “I like all of these computers. I’m not sure which one I want to buy yet.”
    “That’s OK – take your time.”

on time

On schedule, at the right time.

  • It’s important to arrive on time for a job interview.

just in time

At the perfect time, soon before something else happens

  • Hi, Henry! Have a seat – you got here just in time for dinner.

have a hard/rough time

Something difficult, or a difficult period in life.

  • I’m having a hard time solving this math problem. Could you help me?

it’s about time

An expression that means “Finally!”

  • It’s about time they fixed the air conditioner in my classroom! It’s been broken for three years!

pressed for time

In a rush, in a hurry (when you need to do something and you don’t have enough time)

  • Sorry, I can’t talk at the moment – I’m a bit pressed for time. Can I call you back later?

run out of time

Have no more time before the limit.

  • I ran out of time before I finished the test, so I didn’t answer the last five questions.

stall for time


  • My son didn’t want to go to bed, so he tried to stall for time by asking me to read him another bedtime story.

take time off

Not go to work.

  • I’m taking some time off in July to go camping with my family.

Quiz: Common English Collocations with TIME

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