Adverbs of frequency

Adverbs of frequency

Instructions: 

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.

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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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I missed U....you're a great friend.....I've logged in after a long time and I can see your comments growing more anf more. It's great to see your lovely comments and discussions. You're lucky. I'm not. My busy school schedule doesn't allow me to go online daily. I love this site. But I am happy I've learnt so much.
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Hi hadia,
(o^∀^o)
Glad to hear you're very well!
I thought you were busy for boring conversations!!! ;))))) :D

Cheers for your kind comment to me anyway.
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I like Uzuaki Naruto . I go to school every day , I hate going to school. I don`t have free time to read books , watch TV and cook . I very like cooking but my mom never wants me cook . Bye. I hate life.

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Ken's picture
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Hey Lane! (Ü)
If we become friends, I'll make you feel happy and you love life for sure!! ୧꒰*´꒳`*꒱૭✧
*。ヾ(。>v<。)ノ゙*。

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Hi lane2402,
We were sorry to read the end of your comment. We hope that things will get better soon. If you're having a hard time it may help to talk to an adult or a good friend that you can trust about the things that are making you feel upset and sad. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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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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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
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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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Ken's picture
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Hi hadia.
Thanks for the comment.
I guess you're a fan of Doraemon or Crayon Shin-chan or Sazae-san, huh?
d(-_^)good!!

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hadia's picture
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Doraemon is love. It has always been my favourite. But the other on the list are unknown to me. Well, I'll try to watch them too ;) Obviously, if you say, they must be a good watch.
Thanks, the ;/

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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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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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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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