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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CristianN98 6 October, 2019 - 22:31

My hobbies are:
Videogames, learning, chatting.

I play video games every day
I always do my english classes
I always chat to my friends
I usually learn french
I ocassionally watch tv
I rarely play chess

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Ale77Can 10 July, 2019 - 22:42

My hobbies are:
I always use my social networks.
I hardly ever go to the cinema
Sometimes, i watch Netflix
I usually do exercise
I often learn English by myself

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Eroyanium 10 July, 2019 - 08:45

I live in Indonesia, wake up every morning at 4:30 am o'clock, and go to school at 6:00 am, here, I studied for 11 hours, so I returned home at 5:00 pm, how about you?

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kilroy 25 June, 2019 - 09:01

Hi! I'm Kelvin. I live in Manila, Philippines. I always do reading English British grammar skills. I quite often reading novels and books. I love urban farming, I check my garden almost everyday. I am writing my blog post twice a week and usually write about gardening.

Could you correct my statements? Please give me a feedback. I'd appreciate.

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JoModerator 27 June, 2019 - 10:30

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JesucristodeNazare 25 February, 2019 - 16:45

I live in Mexico City, I usually go to shool is 7:00 am o clock and this causes me to wake up at 5:00, at shooli do not usually have a fixed breakfast hour, i have to have breakfast when i have time.

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elwasonbb888 25 February, 2019 - 16:42

I live in Mexico city i wake up at 4:30 and i get up at 4:45 i usually go to school at 5:30 but the clases start at 7:00

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hlopez 24 December, 2018 - 15:46

My hobbies are watching movies and Netflix series, listening music, and playing videogames.
I listen to music everyday while I travel from my home to my job and when I return to home. I also listen music while I do exercise at gym. My favourite musical genre is rock.
I watch movies and Netflix movies twice a month.
I usually play videogames at weekends. I´m currently playing Red Dead Redemption 2. It is a masterpiece

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Tina - Coordinator 27 August, 2018 - 11:04

Dear aidana, 
I'm afraid our videos are not available for download. You are welcome to watch them as many times as you like online.

Best wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Genius_Girl 7 July, 2018 - 14:43

My hobbies are watching films with my mom, playing cards with my parents, reading romance novel books, watching football on TV as a family and chatting on my phone with my friends or family members. I do my hobbies in the daytime sometimes but I do not do them all on the same day eventually.

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ghaith990000 24 March, 2018 - 10:36

My favourite hoppies are playing football,watching films and swimming.I usually go to the club to practice it well.In my free time I watch films .I usually go swimming twice a month.I never play basketball because it's boring for me

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atindo23 11 March, 2018 - 13:00

My hobbies are to search and learn something interesting and cool. I always do that every day. Thanks.

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GiovanaSarai 12 February, 2018 - 03:57

I found the adverbs of frequency a bit confusing because the explanation is not clear to me, but I think that if I review this lesson, it will be clear to me.

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Batgirl 24 January, 2018 - 18:24

Most of my hobbies are trelated to art. One my resent hobbies is drawing fanarts. I love watching films and then to draw some characters. Most of them are superheroes, but I also like drawing some fantasy characters.

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Nannelian 21 January, 2018 - 23:35

My hobbies are learning english, studying music and reading amazing books. I do these things every day!

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Patrick1966 24 November, 2017 - 11:57

Eh, sorry. Why did they pronounce 'ofTen' and no 'oFen'? I always though it was pronounced 'oFen'. Thanks.

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Jonathan - Coor... 24 November, 2017 - 13:05

Well noticed! Actually, both pronunciations are in use and they're both considered correct, since they are listed in dictionaries. I think the pronunciation with a silent "t" is probably more common, though. :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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juanpaclox 6 November, 2017 - 17:36

in my free time i like to swim, learn math ,,etc
i go to school everey days, i like so school but i believe that study is the answer to all the problem that we have

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Olivea 3 November, 2017 - 13:58

I like watching videos and swimming.
I have learned three different methods of swimming by myself. I think swimming is really wonderful.

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