Oliver and Alfie are at home when Daisy and Amy arrive. Sophie is in Hammerfest in northern Norway.

We use adverbs of frequency – like sometimes or usually – to say how often we do things, or how often things happen.

I never have any problems with adverbs of frequency.

OK, let's see what you know. We use adverbs of frequency in this order, according to their meaning.

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always usually/normally often sometimes occasionally hardly ever never

Are there any missing?

I think that’s most of them. You could include frequently, with usually. We use not very often too.

Very good, you’re right. These are the most common adverbs, although there are more.

They always hang out together.
The Northern Lights are usually green.
You normally see them best in September or March.
It’s often cloudy.

What do you notice about the position of the adverbs?

They are usually before the main verb, or between the auxiliary and the main verb. But they come after the verb to be.

Excellent! Can they also be at the beginning or the end of the sentence?

Yes, I think so. 'Sometimes I'm alone.' That sounds OK.

Yes, we can use some adverbs of frequency at the beginning or end of a sentence for emphasis.

Occasionally I meet her for a coffee.

We can use usually, often, sometimes and occasionally at the beginning of a sentence, and sometimes and often at the end. We use adverb expressions like a lot or not + (very) much after the main verb too.

She travels a lot.
He doesn’t study very much.

Be careful with never. It is already negative, so we can’t use it with not.

I never go to the supermarket with my mother.

I’ve just remembered some more expressions! What about once a week, twice a year, etc.?

Oh yes, I’d forgotten about those.

Take the medicine three times a day.
We usually go swimming twice a month.
You see them once in a lifetime, if you travel.

You see, I’m not always annoying.

OK, sorry. I’m not always right either. Usually, but not always!


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What are your hobbies? How often do you do them?


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batuhantp 5 December, 2013 - 10:24

ı like learn new thing, ı like play instrument my favourite instrument is guitar . My favourite sport is basketball so my favouriye hobby is play basketball.
Hİ istanbul :)

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AnaB 7 November, 2013 - 15:39

Hi! I have more hobbies, but the only one hobbie that i do every day it's basketball. That's my favourite sport and hobbie. I read books, once a mounth etc. :)

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JoEditor 17 October, 2013 - 08:05

Hi sakoralool,
Thanks for sending us links to your drawings. I'm sorry, but we can't publish them on the website. In the future we hope to have a section where users can send us their pictures. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Step 22 September, 2013 - 02:36

I like so much read, I normally do it, I always watch tv series.
I often study maths and sometimes I programming in my computer.
Also, I sleep one hour a afternoon. Although I seldom go to dance, I like do it in my bedroom.

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WildChild 25 July, 2013 - 13:59

My hobby is painting and singing :) I also like to design clothes. :D
I like to paint and sing everyday , because I enjoy it. :D ♥

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Ilehana 21 July, 2013 - 21:06

I try to practice english every day, because languages are my passion, normally I practice or do excercise, and.......hahhahah well, I got confused, I do lots of thing at day, so, I can't name them...:)

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SARAH K 18 July, 2013 - 12:16

I often like reading. I always listen to music. I hardly ever hang out with my friends but I often call them

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Laloheartcool 10 July, 2013 - 15:49

Hi everyone ! my name is Lalo , i really want someone to help me !! i'm a new here :) .
my hobbies are dancing , reading novels , painting my nails and drawing .

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dani123 27 June, 2013 - 12:06

I train judo and I never miss the trainings because I like this.
I practise sports because I want to be strong.

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lovely saed 27 May, 2013 - 14:28

i sometimes to sign in a places and sites where i can find mnay things like this site cos i like exchangig ideas very very much at all

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Flo Gert 19 May, 2013 - 09:06

I like motocycling a lot, and i ride mine every day. I would like ti be a racer in the future... =D

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MALINE 18 May, 2013 - 03:07

Hi all,I like listening to music and practice my english,I study english everydays or at least I try.

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Beka88 17 May, 2013 - 22:58

In leisure time ,I love reading special the poetry and I like listen music and browsing Internet

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LiliyaM 15 May, 2013 - 16:39

I love music)I love singing and dancing too)But English is one of my hobbies))))
I love books)If you open the book you start the biggest advanture EVER)you can think that i am crazy,but i like smell of new books)

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fatmira n 2 May, 2013 - 15:15

I have many hobbies,,some of thems are dancing,voleyball etc.i practise them when i have leisure time>>>>>>

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uninvited 29 April, 2013 - 09:36

Hello,I'm a boy from Turkey.I'm 17 years old.I saw nice exercises in there.Then, I registered.Thanks to everybody.

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vanianio 26 April, 2013 - 12:37

HI everyone, my name is vanianio . I like drawing , listening music , and dreaming. i want to improve and learn my english. I found this website and i hope i can speak english well , and i like to have friend in here to, so i can improve my english hehehehe ^^

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Natalija 23 April, 2013 - 14:18

I have many hobbies and I think it's very useful, because through hobbies, we develop all our talents and we can find out what do we like the most. I like to read a lot, since I was a child. I read every day, and have so many favourite books.
And dance is my biggest passion-I dedicate it about 4 hours daily, and I can't imagine my life without dancing. It keeps me alive:). I like both ballet and the modern dances, and I could dance every day, ceaseless. And learning languages, of course. I study the new language every year and find it very amusing. I speak fluently four languages-English, French, Spanish and Turkish, and I'd like to improve Arabic, which is so interesting. I know just the basics of this language.
And I liked drawing when I was little, but I haven't practiced for years, so I think I'm not talented anymore, because everything requires practice. I like cooking sometimes, and making pastry and cakes, esp for holidays and for friends and family.
I also like rollerblading and it's the way I spend my time with friends the mostly.

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