Business English Time Expressions

  1. Time is money.
  2. We're making good time. We should be arriving within 20 minutes.
  3. We're pressed for time this week. We'll have to reschedule the presentation.
  4. We've got no time to spare. Our flight leaves in an hour and a half. We have to leave now.
  5. We're working against time. We have to submit this proposal by 12:00 tomorrow afternoon in order to have a chance at getting this contract.
  6. It's good to have a meeting that includes all members of the department from time to time.
  7. Our flight was delayed by two hours, so we got lunch and bought a couple magazines to kill time.
  8. The contract negotiations are scheduled to begin at 8:00 sharp tomorrow morning
  9. It's almost crunch time - the end of the quarter. If they keep trying to buy time before they place this order, we won't make our quota.
  10. If you don't take good care of your accounts, it's only a matter of time before they could end up going to a competitor.
  11. We have some time on our hands before the meeting starts. Let's walk to that café down the street and get a cup of coffee and a snack.
  12. It's about time you finished that report. Without it, we don't stand a chance of convincing Omar that implementing our plan now is in his interest and in his company's interest.
  13. He reads industry journals in his spare time. He never stops thinking about work.
  14. It's not as though we've got all the time in the world. We'd better make them a counter offer before it's too late.
  15. Now that we have the specifications, we'll have the new design ready in no time.
  16. Only time will tell if they like working with this new system.
  17. We can't say exactly when they're going to make a decision. In the meantime, let's see what we can do to stay ahead of time with our other projects so that when they do make a decision, we can move on it as fast as possible.
  18. At one time or another, all customer service representatives and tech support people have to deal with customer complaints.
  19. They really gave us a hard time about the pricing structure. I hope this deal doesn't fall through.
  20. We'll have to work hard to make this offer more attractive to them. Let's just take it one step at a time. We've got to close this deal the next time around or we could end up losing it.
  21. Time is of the essence. Original hard copies of these documents must reach Madrid by tomorrow morning. Make sure they get there on time. If ever there was a time to say that time is money, this is it.
  22. I can't see waiting any longer. We're just biding our time. I think we should call to ask them when they're going to ship the next order.
  23. If they can't provide us with a reasonable window of time for the next shipment, then I say we cancel the order even if it means paying more with another vendor.
  24. We're running into time. We should continue this meeting first thing tomorrow morning.
  25. Hey, Jim, I hope I didn't catch you at a bad time. Do you have a few minutes?
  26. I think it's about time we did something about this problem, don't you?
  27. There are times when it seems that success means being in the right place at the right time.
  28. We'll have your car in and out of here in no time. Have a seat right here, and we'll call you its ready.
  29. This account is eating up too much time and resources. It's just not worth the time we're putting into maintaining it.
  30. We have to put more time into preparing for this presentation.