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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katyapanina 7 September, 2014 - 13:53

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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Jonathan - Coor... 4 September, 2014 - 02:49

Hi! Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens! I look forward to reading more of your comments. What are you reading at the moment?
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Rafid_S 24 July, 2014 - 07:24

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 15 June, 2014 - 13:51

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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YAS 28 May, 2014 - 22:20

Please can anyone from learn enflish team answer me i loved the website but i prefer to study in a book is there is any english learning book that you can recomend for me ?? I'm from egypt

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JoEditor 30 May, 2014 - 08:53

Hi YAS,
I believe that reading books, articles, magazines and anything that you enjoy, is going to help your vocabulary. By reading you will learn vocabulary in context and it will be easier to remember than trying to learn lists of vocabulary. Does that make sense? So, I wouldn't buy any specific 'vocabulary books', I would just read, read and then read some more! :) 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Bethoney 4 July, 2014 - 18:40

hey :D hmm I`m kind of new here but what i want to know is if oyu know f some web site where i can geto books in english or something to read.

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JoEditor 29 May, 2014 - 12:28

Hi YAS,
There are lots of lots of books available to learn English! There are course books, grammar books, vocabulary books, graded readers ... What sort of book were you thinking about? If you prefer to read on paper did you know that you can print all the reading texts from our site? Click the 'Worksheets and downloads' tab at the bottom and print the texts. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Munazza 18 May, 2014 - 07:08

Hi :)
I'm also new here!
Actually I have so many hobbies but the hobbies which I usually do are reading book,listening for news,doing eye make up,sleeping etc
My hobbies will never be finish..:)

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Jonathan - Coor... 18 May, 2014 - 16:13

Hi and welcome to LearnEnglish Teens! We really hope you enjoy using the site. It’s great you’ve got so many interests and hobbies. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Lulli 2 March, 2014 - 15:09

My hobbies are listening to music, reading and maybe writing something for my page on Google+!

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tocngan411 8 December, 2013 - 15:58

Hi, my name is Dinh.
I'm not good at English, so I have joined us this class. I speak E very bad :(

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JoEditor 8 December, 2013 - 19:16

Hi tocngan411,
Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens. Don't worry if you make mistakes when you write comments. Everyone is here to learn and improve their English. 
Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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batuhantp 5 December, 2013 - 10:24

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 7 November, 2013 - 15:39

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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JoEditor 17 October, 2013 - 08:05

Hi sakoralool,
Thanks for sending us links to your drawings. I'm sorry, but we can't publish them on the website. In the future we hope to have a section where users can send us their pictures. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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