Talking About Time

It’s kind of tricky to talk about time. We need to explain if things happened at the same time, or one after another, or else. Today, we’ll show you some words to make it easier to talk about these things.


“Consecutive” is used to say things happen one after another with no breaks in between.

Example: Facebook shares recorded five consecutive months of severe decline.


“Successive”  is used when things happen in order.

Example: My son had won the championship for five successive years.


“Penultimate” means before the last, second to last.

Example: In the book’s penultimate chapter, she speaks about how she decided to become a lawyer.


“Intermittent” is used to describe something that happens at irregular intervals.

Example: We don’t have a steady source of income. Our revenue is intermittent.


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