Time and timetables conversation questions

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Work with a partner to see if you can create a sentence illustrating these expressions:

  • timetable
  • just in time
  • on time
  • time is of the essence
  • to time
  • it's about time ...
  • to have a whale of a time
  • to tell the time
  • time out
  • once upon a time
  • pressed for time
  • to two-time
  • times table
  • in the nick of time
  • time travel
  • in no time
  • all in good time


  • What is the traditional working timetable in your country? Do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you have a regular timetable during the week? i.e. do you always get up/have lunch/have dinner/go to bed, etc. at the same time? And at the weekends?
  • What do you think of the school timetable in your country? What was/is your timetable at school?
  • Do you think the clocks should go back and forwards in autumn in spring?
  • When was the last time you had a whale of a time?
  • How old were you when you learned to tell the time?
  • Do you usually wear a watch? What do you usually use to know what time it is?
  • Do you have a favourite watch?
  • Can you remember your first watch?
  • Are you usually on time for events and appointments?
  • Have you ever arrived somewhere in the nick of time?
  • How did you learn your times table at school? Did you learn them parrot fashion?
  • Do you own a stopwatch?
  • When was the last time you were timed doing something?
  • Do you find it annoying when Internet pages time out?
  • Complete the sentence: It is about the time the Government/Local Council ...

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