Abstract: Adverbs expressing precedence constitute one of the largest and most interesting groups of temporal adverbs in Bulgarian and Polish. Internally, this group of adverbs is divided into smaller groups according to their semantic features and especially according to their degree of remoteness from the moment of speech, the boundaries between the different subtypes being arbitrary and not sharply drawn. The adverbs някога and веднъж are representatives of the semantic type of adverbs expressing precedence, and within precedence they express in a more general sense an indefinite precedence which can also be interpreted as remote precedence. Here we attempt to investigate their function as expressors of indefinite precedence in comparison with adverbs of similar semantics and function in Polish.
Key words: temporal adverbs, semantic types, precedence, remote precedence, някога, веднъж