Adverbs of frequency

Adverbs of frequency


As you watch the video, look at the examples of adverbs of frequency. They are in red in the subtitles. Then read the conversation below to learn more. Finally, do the grammar exercises to check you understand, and can use, adverbs of frequency correctly.


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?


Nargizka1995's picture

I always play with my daughter. Also, I like sew a clothes, read a books, cook something interesting from internet books , but now I do not have free time, it so sad...(((

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nandosc9's picture

I usually play videogames... Does that count as a hobbie?
Anyway, actually, I practice karate in a dojo near of my house four days a week, because I'm on vacation and, normally, I like to draw

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JennySam's picture

My favorite hobbies is listen to music and write histories of love.
I usually listen to music in Youtube 5 times a week and I often write histories of love twice a month.

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toanbn's picture

My hobby is play football and currently work of me

I usually play football once a week, every day I go to work of engineer IT.
Best wishes
Toan (born: Viet Name)
Nice to meet you on page web.

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JoEditor's picture

Hi BlueFlower4444,
Yes, 'rarely' is an adverb of frequency. You can use it instead of 'hardly ever'. 
I hardly ever go to the cinema = I rarely go to the cinema
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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katyapanina's picture

Hi to everybody)) I search a penpal, because I have no one to talk to(( I speak English good, hope somebody will answer me) Unfortunately I can't write my e-mail here, but I think it's okay, we can discuss it later)

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katyapanina's picture

Hi! I'm new here. We are talking about hobbies, right? Ok, I like reading, drawing, writing stories and playing computer games (well, who doesn't like it)

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Rafid_S's picture

my hobby is using facebook.i usually use facebook everyday. i can never pass a single day without facebook.occasionally i also use twitter

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aneem's picture

The grammar is so hard, I tried all my best to understand.
I think if their is a summary for each grammar ,it'll be so easy to understand.

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