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?


ealkan's picture

I'm crazy about rollerskating. I love my rollerblade. It's too crazy. I want everyone skates everytime. So I advice other people to skating. And I skate four times in a week

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Panda2016's picture

I always read manga, it's my favourite activity. I can give you some of my favourite manga's title. I have a huge desk and on it there are all my mangas ! I looove manga !

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Ken's picture

Hi Panda
I've got questions for you.
1. What are the titles of your favourits?
2. Do you read boys' manga, too?
3. How old are you?

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EkinA's picture

I've got analog camera. I often use black and white films. I normally take photos and photofinishing.
I occasionally do yoga and ı bike twice a week.

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Fado23fado's picture

My favorite hobby is to play basketball. I usually play basketball with my close friends after school. I think that to play basketball is good way to make a new friend. I live a dormitory so i have change to read book with my friends.I read a book with my friend twice a week. After the read a book, we share information each other. Therefore, we gain easily knowledge about different issues and sometimes discuss about some topics each other.

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Drylan's picture

I'm always listening to music and I love listen to new albums. I occasionally practice sports in school. I often read books, mostly young adult novels and I seldom play videogames.
Sometimes I play guitar, but I'm not very good at it, lack of practice, I guess.

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princess2001's picture

My favorite hobby is cooking but nowadays I'm much interested in learning English language. I usually visit this site once a day for learning something more about spoken English. As far as cooking is concerned, I cook gravy once a day, only in the evening, and occasionally cook rice. I normally go for shopping once a week or a fortnight but can never sew my clothes myself due to being very busy nowadays as I'm having to attend classes twice a week. further I visit my relatives quite often a day as I am living in their neighbourhood.

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Elsa007's picture

Hi princess! Nice to meet you!
What a lovely lady you are!
BTW, I'm interested in what you cook. Will you tell me about gravy please?

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princess2001's picture

Hi Elsa, would you like to introduce yourself to me? I think your English is better than mine and you are the person who passes comments on other's comments. It help us improve our English.

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princess2001's picture

happy to meet you too. thanks for appreciation. as far as gravy is concerned, I usually cook seasonal vegetables and try to avoid meat rice as they cause constipation weight gain. I occasionally watch cooking websites to learn new recipes and to improve already learnt ones.this hobby has benefited me in the way that now my dishes are tastier than they were before.

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Nicoll19's picture

Hi! My hobby is playing volleyball and go out with my family, but I usually go out with them once a week, because I study from Monday to Saturday.

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Elsa007's picture

Hi, do you frequently hit nightclubs to dance?
I've never been there, my parents worry about my going to a pickup spot, but sound fun...! :)

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AlessandroCT45's picture

I always listen to music, read a book and play sports, I do karate in the mornings and play another ball sports at night. i usually dance and sing because is very interesting and is a good moment for spend time with my friends.

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Arialixa's picture

I always liisten to electro music, I usually dance the famous game "Just Dance 2015" in the afternoons and, finally, I sometimes readd a good book in my free time.

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Anelitatali's picture

I like to play with my brother and my cousins also and like dance, all the weekends I always go out for a walk with my cousins friends and sometimes with my parents is super fun.

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Melodycoart's picture

My hobbies are play soccer twice a week. I always read a book of fiction. I sometimes check a facebook and gmail, also play video games once a week.

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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...(((

82 users have voted.
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