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IELTS Vocabulary: Expressions with time

Use a dictionary to check the meaning of the phrases in the box. Then complete sentences 1-11 with the correct phrase.

by the time time-consuming took so long
spend time at times the right time
in time take your time save time
lose track of time on time from time to time

1) I am not in regular contact with him; I just send him an email .....................

2) Excuse me, do you have ....................? I have a job interview at 9 o’clock and I really want to get there .....................

3) I prefer to shop online to avoid the crowds and .....................

4) He can get a bit bad-tempered .....................

5) .................... we get home this pizza will be cold!

6) I arrived just .................... to watch a spectacular sunset.

7) I ordered a book for my sister’s birthday, but it .................... to get delivered that it missed her birthday.

8) Every time I go to the library, I ..................... Once, I stayed there for 6 hours!

9) Going to university is now very expensive, and looking for the right course can be very .....................

10) If you get up very early, you can .................... getting ready and may even have enough time to cook a proper breakfast.

11) After school, I would .................... with my family, rather than hanging out with friends.


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