Adverbs of Time – Cedo, Tarde, Antes, Depois, Ontem, Hoje e Amanhã
In this lesson, we’ll look at more adverbs of time (advérbios de tempo). Remember: adverbs of time are always invariable.
Cedo is equivalent to “early”. Examples: Tenho uma consulta de manhã cedo.I have an appointment early in the morning. Chegaste muito cedo.You’re very early.
Tarde is equivalent to “late”. Example: O professor chegou tarde.The professor arrived late.
Antes is equivalent to “before”. Example: Antes de entrares, tira os sapatos.Before you step in, remove your shoes.
Depois is equivalent to “after”. Example: Depois de ir às compras, vou para casa.After shopping for groceries, I’ll be going home.
Finally, this second group of adverbs of time concerns the passage of days.
Ontem is equivalent to “yesterday”. Example: Ela foi à praia ontem.She went to the beach yesterday.
Hoje is equivalent to “today”. Example: Hoje foi um dia muito atarefado.Today was a pretty busy day.
Amanhã is equivalent to “tomorrow”. Example: Amanhã vamos ao museu.We’re visiting the museum tomorrow.