Time expressions are incredibly useful in any language. Sometimes, even if you can’t say much else, the ability to refer to different points in time can make a world of difference.
In this article, we’ll go over the basics of how to specify different points in time in Japanese, including the most important part – how to use these expressions in a sentence.
Before we get started, however, we need to be clear about one thing…
Expressions of time are often lumped together into a single group, but the reality is there are different types of time expressions. The main three are:
- Timing = when something happens
- Frequency = how often something happens
- Period/duration = how long something happens for
In this article, we will be focusing on the first one – timing.
(For a detailed explanation of all three, with tons of examples, check out chapter 6 of my book).