for the time being: meaning and explanation

This fixed expression can be used as an alternative to temporarily or at the moment. e.g. I usually work in Manchester but for the time being I’m based in Liverpool.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Northern England

Our flat the , but we'll place in years.
Our flat fine for the being, but we'll a bigger place in couple of years.

…she hadn’t been invited

The speaker uses the past perfect (“she hadn’t been invited”) here because she is referring to an action/even that happened before another action in the past (“she turned up”).

Discussion questions

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

  • Is there anything happening in your life which is just temporary? Tell me about it using for the time being.

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