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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Ken 31 October, 2016 - 15:21

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.
*・゚゚・*:.。..。.:*゚:*:✼✿(ღ✪v✪)。゚:*:✼.。✿.。

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lane2402 22 October, 2016 - 05:29

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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catastrophe 26 June, 2017 - 11:45

Hey lane2402,
You might hate school, but education is your life. If you try to enjoy studies maybe you can enjoy life too! Look at me, even I don't have time to enjoy life, but I'm still happy, you know. You can always find time for yourself. Here's a tip, you can finish most of your homework at school! And if your mom doesn't want you to cook, she must be worried about your safety. The best thing you can do is that help your mom in cooking and gain her confidence. Once she sees that you're ready, she'll allow you to cook!!! :)))
You're too young to think about all these things. Enjoy!

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Ken 25 October, 2016 - 15:19

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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JoEditor 24 October, 2016 - 16:13

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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ealkan 20 August, 2016 - 07:16

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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hgsmf 20 August, 2016 - 03:41

My hobbies are drawing and learning English. I often draw once a week and learn English every day.

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Batuhan318 19 August, 2016 - 21:41

My hobbies are playing footbal and drive a car. I sometimes playing football but I always drive a car. :)

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Panda2016 9 August, 2016 - 11:39

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 10 August, 2016 - 09:20

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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hadia 25 October, 2016 - 02:33

Hey Ken!
Do you watch Anime??? I haven't ever read manga but I love watching Anime.......that's one of my fav. hobby :)

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catastrophe 18 June, 2017 - 10:45

I haven't read manga but I've watched a few of them. They are good, and you can learn a lot of Japanese words from them. My fav manga is Yokai watch. And yeah, watching anime is one of my hobbies too. Pokemon, Beyblade, Doraemon, Naruto, oh, the list is endless.... :)))

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Ken 29 October, 2016 - 14:19

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 7 November, 2016 - 15:08

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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EkinA 7 August, 2016 - 21:14

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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serg83 5 June, 2016 - 19:23

My hobbies are foreign languages and computer. I'm learning English each day. I do various exersizes.

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armando 2 June, 2016 - 03:33

I like swimming. I forever swimming at afternoon unti the night swimming is fresh!

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Fado23fado 15 May, 2016 - 15:08

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 2 April, 2016 - 23:59

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 10 December, 2015 - 09:08

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 10 December, 2015 - 09:53

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?
Elsa

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princess2001 7 January, 2016 - 19:19

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 7 January, 2016 - 18:53

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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