a matter of time

by | Last updated Jun 6, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

a matter of time

by | Last updated Jun 6, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

This sentence contains the English expression 'a matter of time'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Ireland

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

This sentence contains the English expression 'a matter of time'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Ireland

 

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

, .

He's , so I'm it's just a until he with someone.

He's a guy, so I'm it's just a matter of until he settles with someone.

About the sentence

a matter of time

If you say that it is just/only a matter of time until something happens, you are saying that it will definitely happen - the only thing you are unsure about is when/how long it will take. 

For example - imagine you know someone who is a very dangerous or careless driver. You are sure that at some point he will have an accident. You might say - it's just a matter of time until he has an accident.

We can also use this expression to talk about things that happened in the past. Looking back, we can see that it was always certain to happen. e.g. He was always a very difficult child, so it was only a matter of time until he got in serious trouble.


to settle down is a phrasal verb which means that your life becomes more stable and fixed, usually in terms of starting a family, or moving to a home or area in which you expect to stay for a long time.

Discussion questions:

Write your answer to this question in the comments section, and I'll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Are you certain about something happening, but are unsure about when it will happen? Tell me about it using this expression.

  • Can you think of anything that happened (to you, or in general) which was inevitable/just a matter of time?

P

More exercises

P

More exercises

Practise new language, and feel free to ask any questions!

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of

New! 25 essential idioms for Business English

Learn 25 useful idioms and expressions for professional and business contexts with this micro-listening course.

Access 75 micro-dictations in 5 different accents to improve your listening while learning new vocabulary.

Learn more
P

More exercises

Do you know the expression \

Stay updated!

Receive updates on new exercises, plus get tips and advice from Chris to help you improve your English!

Thank you! Now please check your email for the confirmation link.