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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manikak2002 22 April, 2013 - 18:43

Hi All,
my hobby is sleeping and dreaming about my future.. i will have to work out my English training. I would like to have a friendships here to improve my communication. please let me know if any one is interested. Thanks in advance .

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Demy 22 April, 2013 - 19:10

Hi, manikak2002 ;)
It's good that you want to practice your English on this wonderful site =) I am sure it's will help you to find a lot of answers to all your questions about learning this language. So if you would like I can be your friend =) And if you need any help you can ask me =)
I am waiting for your answer soon <3

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manikak2002 23 April, 2013 - 16:34

Hi Demy.. Thank you.!! I'm looking forward to learn new things.. sure. I will need your help. how to improve my communication skills? . I did my schooling in my mother tongue language lusually I use mother tongue to interact with others. I'm afraid when i speak with other in English. I was asked to improve communication. I don't feel any improvements yet. I do watch English movies and i read a news paper..I forget everything with in a hour what ever i read in the morning. Do you able to understand my problems and worries ? Please let me know your thoughts .. Thanks in advance!!

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Demy 25 April, 2013 - 16:33

Hi, manikak2002 =) Sorry for a little late answer...
I understand what do you mean. I had this problem (and sometimes I have it and now). Being able to communicate your thoughts and feelings in a clear manner can be very difficult. You’re not alone....

http://www.usingenglish.com/articles/70-ways-to-improve-your-english.html There you can find many tips, that I always like to use =) Was it helpful? I really do my best to help you.....<3

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manikak2002 27 April, 2013 - 16:18

Hi Demi,,Sorry.. I didn't get chance to look at it.. I'm looking into it now.. It looks good.. Thanks for the tips..

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JoEditor 26 April, 2013 - 08:43

Hi Demy,
I have cut a lot of the text from this comment. Please don't copy and paste text from other websites into your comments. It's very easy for us to see when users have done this. In our House Rules we have this rule:
Do not share content that is not yours

  • Do not copy ideas or information without saying where it came from. Only add content that is your original work.

It's great to see that you're helping other users on the website, but please remember this rule. OK?
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Demy 29 April, 2013 - 16:13

Hi JoEditor, I understand everything =( Big sorry from me...
But all most everything I wrote by myself... And I told about my experience about learning Greek and English. For example as for me a very effective method is singing and I wrote about it... I take only some tips from site, that I have mention there... So sorry again if I made something wrong... I just want to help manikak2002...
Best wishes, Demy

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JoEditor 29 April, 2013 - 16:52

Hi Demy,
Thanks for your reply. Don't worry at all. I know that you were trying to help manikak2002. We just have to be careful about our users copying from other websites and as part of your reply was copied, I cut it down a lot. Sorry, if I cut some parts that you did write yourself. Ooops!
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Natalija 23 April, 2013 - 14:23

Hi, Marli:)
I like dancing, as you, and I've been dancing since I was 5. How long have you been dancing? What kind of dance you like the most and do you dance in a dance group or by yourself?
Greetings:)

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ellen 12 April, 2013 - 17:11

Hello
my name is ellen
How old are you?
Have you been to Azerbaijan?
Please~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

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Heaven 12 April, 2013 - 07:44

hi:) my name is Heaven, I'm 17 My favourite hobby is play football and I think all girl are fantastic!:)

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ellen 11 April, 2013 - 17:49

hELLO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My hobby are drawing picture and collect interesting information into their leisure time on the internet.
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yes Demy
I agree with you commets
Good books are friends. Okey~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Demy 9 April, 2013 - 14:14

Hi;)
Hobby is an interesting and good past time. It s an activity taken up in leisure time ...It keeps the people busy and gives pleasure also. Hobbies are of different kinds, different people have different hobbies. I have a lot of hobbies. One of them is reading.
Reading book is my hobby. I read only good and useful books. To get much useful knowledge from them Books are the chief source that provide knowledge, information and entertainment to our mind. Books brighten our ideas and ennoble our soul. People think that they can get more knowledge from the T.V. and the films, but it is absurd thinking. The best knowledge is stored in books written by master minded geniuses. Books are our best guides and honest friends.
Reading gives much pleasure. I can enjoy the company of great writers by reading their works. I can learn from them good and noble things of life. Good books are friends. They contain the wisdom of ages. They are an endless store of knowledge. We can learn much from them they give us food for the mind. Reading book is the best of all hobbies.

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RehinaParker 3 April, 2013 - 15:19

♥i like very much paiting.....i love to draw portrets♥
♥also i like very much dancing.....ecxpecialy when i listen my favourite songs ♥
♥i practice very much them maybe i can say everyday..........that's all♥
♥ i think looks interesting ♥

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sgalle 12 April, 2013 - 07:42

Hi i have a lot of hobbies , such as...I like play footbal, I'm doing it three days per week, I'm an italian guy, I'm 16...I love also reading books...what r u rading now?

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