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?


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batuhantp's picture

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's picture

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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Step's picture

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's picture

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's picture

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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Laloheartcool's picture

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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lovely saed's picture

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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