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 these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Northern England

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Our flat the , but we'll place in years.

About the sentence

…we’ll need a bigger place…

My place is an informal way of talking about your house/apartment. e.g. Do you want to come over to my place this evening?

Micro-listening #2

Accent: England (London)

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Micro-listening #3

Accent: England (RP)

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Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

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

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