– Prepositional Phrasal-Adverbs – Letter T –
Ahead Of Time – This phrasal adverb is a time-phrase which describes something happening or (sometimes) state of being that exists before it is expected. It can be thought of as a shortened version of the longer phrase, “Ahead Of (in front of; before) the Time that it (whatever “it” is) was expected … “Since we are going to be so busy at the end of the month, we are getting as much work done ahead of time, so that we don’t “get behind” later on.” – (See Also: “Get Behind”)
At One Time – This is an adverbial phrase that is used to express, “at some time” in the past. It is used when the exact “time” that one is referring to is either not known or is unimportant in the particular conversation. This is also usually referring to a PERIOD of time rather than one specific moment, but it can be used to talk about either… “*At one time*, I was a Drum’n’Bass DJ.” (This was a period of time that lasted over ten years.) – “*At one time*, I was on stage in front of almost 10,000 people.” (This happened once and was only for a short period of time.) – (both true stories)
(to be) Economical With The Truth – Since the word “Economical” often implies “saving” or not “spending” or to “not use” as much as normal, then to be “economical with the truth” describes a situation, wherein, a person or group chooses to withhold vital information that would work against them. This phrase is used either sarcastically, or in order to claim that the person or group *being economical with the truth* were not actually lying.
From Time To Time – This is a common adverbial phrase to describe something which happens on occasion. In other words, not necessarily on a regular basis, but periodically, fairly frequently, “Every Once In A While”. Phrases like these are almost impossible to define without using other phrases, as they are relative to each person who uses them, so therefore they will be slightly different based on the situation and the person using them.
In (one’s) Own Time – This is an idiomatic adverb phrase used to describe HOW one will do something. To say, “I’ll do it *in my own time* means that that person will do (whatever it is) according to their own schedule and will not be pressured to do it according to another person’s schedule (usually to the dismay of others who are not as liberated as the one doing the thing.) – (Please note that this is very different than saying “ON one’s own time”)
In Time – This is an adverbial phrase which means to have something finished within the time that was given to complete the task. The focus here is on the amount time that to complete it…. “It’s a good thing that I got my reports done *in time* for the party. Otherwise I would have had to do them with a terrible hang-over (and that certainly wouldn’t have been fun.)” (See Also: “In Time” vs “On Time”)
On (one’s) Own Time – This is an idiomatic adverb phrase used to describe WHEN one will do something. To say, “I’ll do it *on my own time* (usually) means, that that person will do (whatever it is) when they are not at school/work/etc. (when they have other obligations.) – (Please note that this is very different than saying “IN my own time”)
On Time – This is an adverbial phrase which means to have something finished at the time or before the time that it was or is expected, or to arrive someone before or at the time that one is or was expected. The focus here is that there was a specific time that something needed to be completed by…. “It’s a good thing that I got my reports done *on time*. If I hadn’t, then I would have even more work to do now.” – “If I don’t get to work *on time* today the boss is going to be really upset!” (See Also: “In Time” vs “On Time”)
(one’s time is) Taken Up With – This is an adverbial phrase which is used to describe something (usually an action) which “occupies” or “uses up” the majority of a person’s time… “I teach English on-line, but most of my time is *taken up with* writing reports, rather than actually teaching any English!”
With Plenty Of Time To Spare – This is an adverb phrase which means the same thing as *in time* but with a more specific meaning… *With plenty of time to spare* means that (whatever) was finished/completed/etc. with a large amount of time left over before (whatever) actually needed to be done. So… earlier than expected or hoped for.