Frequency adverbs

February 4, 2024
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Frequency adverbs are words that describe how often something happens or is the case. They are very useful for talking about routines, habits, and general truths in English. Some common frequency adverbs include:

  • always: used when something is always true
  • usually: used when something happens most of the time
  • often: used when something happens quite a lot
  • sometimes: used when something happens occasionally
  • rarely: used when something happens very infrequently
  • never: used when something has never happened before

When using frequency adverbs, it’s important to place them correctly in a sentence. Here are some general rules:

  • With simple present tense verbs, frequency adverbs usually go before the main verb but after the verb “to be.” For example, “She often goes to the gym.” or “He is usually happy.”
  • With the verb “to have” (as a main verb), frequency adverbs are placed after “have” or “has.” For example, “They sometimes have breakfast together.”
  • In questions, frequency adverbs are placed after the subject. For example, “Do you often watch movies?”

Here are some examples of how to use frequency adverbs in sentences:

  • I always brush my teeth before bed.
  • They usually take a walk after dinner.
  • He often reads before going to sleep.
  • We sometimes go out for ice cream on Sundays.
  • She rarely eats fast food.
  • They never argue.

Now it’s time to practice using frequency adverbs in sentences. Here are some exercises for you to try:

  1. Write sentences using the frequency adverbs given.

a) always
b) rarely
c) often
d) sometimes

  1. Rearrange the words to make correct sentences.

a) goes / rarely / He / to / the / cinema.
b) always / She / on / time / is.
c) have / We / dinner / usually / at 7 p.m.
d) reads / sometimes / before / He / bed.

Remember, the more you practice using frequency adverbs in your sentences, the more comfortable you’ll become with them.


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