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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Karen_Yhanela_coart 20 October, 2015 - 15:10

My hobby is lisening to music. I usually lisen to music with my friends in my free time.

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Anelitatali 20 October, 2015 - 15:04

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 20 October, 2015 - 14:59

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.
Thanks.

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Nargizka1995 27 August, 2015 - 10:55

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...(((

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Jonathan - Coor... 27 August, 2015 - 11:22

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Salmankas 5 August, 2015 - 21:22

My hobby is learning English. I always learn English. Because I love it. English is the one of the most important things of my life..

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DROPE 9 July, 2015 - 07:03

My hobby is playing soccer, usually playing every weekend. Also I go to the gym sometimes.

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cristophersaa 8 July, 2015 - 18:59

my hobbies are play soccer and listen music. I train soccer and also listen music every days.

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mike95rob 7 July, 2015 - 08:16

my hobbies are listening to music, go to gym and read many books. and i practice my hobbies every days

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stephania1799 7 July, 2015 - 06:21

My hobbies are listening to music, climbing, swimming and I spend two days of the week.

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nandosc9 7 July, 2015 - 03:46

I usually play videogames... Does that count as a hobbie?
Anyway, actually, I practice karate in a dojo near of my house four days a week, because I'm on vacation and, normally, I like to draw

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Angielu 6 July, 2015 - 18:05

My hobby is playing basketball and go out with my friends. I usually go out with them twice a week.

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JennySam 6 July, 2015 - 17:16

My favorite hobbies is listen to music and write histories of love.
I usually listen to music in Youtube 5 times a week and I often write histories of love twice a month.

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fernanda2000 6 July, 2015 - 17:16

my hobbies are practice sports and listening to musica... I go to the gym twice a week...
I always listening to music

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Mascara 4 June, 2015 - 22:06

My hobby is sport and I do exercise 3 times a week
I usually walk around the house when I have time for one hour

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arazel 3 May, 2015 - 11:27

my hobby is playing saxophone three times a week. i spend often time with my friends. ;)

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toanbn 24 April, 2015 - 17:36

My hobby is play football and currently work of me

I usually play football once a week, every day I go to work of engineer IT.
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Jo - Coordinator 26 April, 2015 - 09:07

Hi Toanbn,
Thanks for your comments on LearnEnglish Teens. This website is specially for teenagers aged 13-17 years old but it sounds like you are older than that. You are welcome to keep on using LearnEnglish Teens but if you are over 17, please do NOT post any more comments as we must keep this strictly for teenagers to interact with each other. You are welcome to join our LearnEnglish page for adults and post comments there: www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish
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JoEditor 30 December, 2014 - 12:37

Hi BlueFlower4444,
Yes, 'rarely' is an adverb of frequency. You can use it instead of 'hardly ever'. 
I hardly ever go to the cinema = I rarely go to the cinema
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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katyapanina 7 September, 2014 - 16:59

Hi to everybody)) I search a penpal, because I have no one to talk to(( I speak English good, hope somebody will answer me) Unfortunately I can't write my e-mail here, but I think it's okay, we can discuss it later)

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JoEditor 8 September, 2014 - 08:25

Hi katyapanina,
Thanks for your comment. I know that a lot of our users would like to find penpals on our site. I am very sorry but we can't do this. The safety of our users is very important and that is why we don't allow our users to share their personal details like emails. You can 'talk' to many people from all over the world on our site but only in the comments section which is moderated to keep it safe. Thanks for your understanding. :) 
You can read our House Rules here: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/house-rules
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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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