Two Collocations with Time: Spend Time and Waste Time

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In this lesson, I show how I used the collocation – spend time – in one of my videos, introduce another collocation, and then give more examples.

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Spend Time and Waste Time

In the example I gave, I said the following:

Now, I receive this question all the time because we’re all busy; we all have jobs; we have to spend time with family; we have different interests and hobbies.

To spend time means to do something for a period of time. Here are two more examples:

  • “He spends too much time playing computer games.”
  • “I love spending time with my son.”

Notice that when you use another verb with this collocation, we use the gerund. Here are two examples with the collocation waste time:

  • “Stop wasting time!”
  • “Playing computer games is a waste of time.”

In the last example, I use the phrase: a waste of time.

What to Do Now:

1. Answer the question: “How much time do you spend on your smartphone every day?
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  • doaa.eraky

    i always use my smartphone only for making calls