Note on Adverbs of Frequency for SLC/High School

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Adverbs of Frequency

English Grammar Rules

We use some adverbs to describe how frequently we do an activity

These are called adverbs of frequency and include:

Frequency

Adverb of Frequency

Example Sentence

100%

always

I always go to bed before 10pm.

90%

usually

I usually have sandwich for breakfast.

80%

normally / generally

I normally go to the club.

70%

often* / frequently

I often go for a hike.

50%

sometimes

I sometimes go to the market.

30%

occasionally

I occasionally drink wine.

10%

seldom

I seldom read the book.

5%

hardly ever / rarely

I hardly ever drink beer.

0%

never

I never play baseball.

* Some people pronounce the 'T' in often but many others do not.

The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence

An adverb of frequency goes before a main verb (except with TO BE).

Subject + adverb + main verb

I always remember to polish my shoes.

He normally gets good marks in exams.

An adverb of frequency goes after the verb TO BE

Subject + to be + adverb

They are never pleased to see me.

She isn't usually irritating.

When we use an auxiliary verb (have, will, must, might, could, would, etc.), the adverb is placed between the auxiliary and the main verb. This is also true for TO BE.

Subject + auxiliary + adverb + main verb

She can sometimes beat me in exam.

I would hardly ever forger her.

They might never see each other again.

They could occasionally be heard praying.

We can also use the following adverbs at the start of a sentence:

Usually, normally, often, frequently, sometimes, occasionally

  • Occasionally, I like to eat Chinese food.

BUT we cannot use the following at the beginning of a sentence:

Always, seldom, rarely, hardly, ever, never.

We use hardly ever and never with positive, not negative verbs:

  • She hardly ever comes to my parties.
  • They never say 'thank you'.

We use ever in questions and negative statements:

  • Have you ever been to Pokhara?
  • I haven't ever been to Nepal. (The same as 'I have never been Nepal').

We can also use the following expressions when we want to be more specific about the frequency:

- every day - once a month - twice a year - four times a day - every other week

  • We use some adverbs to describe how frequently we do an activity
  • These are called adverbs of frequency and include:
  • always =I always go to bed before 10pm.
  • usually =I usually have sandwich for breakfast etc.
  • The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence
  • Subject + adverb + main verb
  • I always remember to polish my shoes.
  • Subject + auxiliary + adverb + main verb
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