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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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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Nicoll19 20 October, 2015 - 16:51

Hi! My hobby is playing volleyball and go out with my family, but I usually go out with them once a week, because I study from Monday to Saturday.

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Elsa007 21 October, 2015 - 14:21

Hi, do you frequently hit nightclubs to dance?
I've never been there, my parents worry about my going to a pickup spot, but sound fun...! :)

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AlessandroCT45 20 October, 2015 - 16:39

I always listen to music, read a book and play sports, I do karate in the mornings and play another ball sports at night. i usually dance and sing because is very interesting and is a good moment for spend time with my friends.

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Arialixa 20 October, 2015 - 16:34

I always liisten to electro music, I usually dance the famous game "Just Dance 2015" in the afternoons and, finally, I sometimes readd a good book in my free time.

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Diegocoart 20 October, 2015 - 15:15

my hobby is listening to music in English to facilitate my learning of English and I almost always visit british council is a good web site

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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

Hi Nargizka1995. Thanks for joining LearnEnglish Teens but this website is specially for teenagers aged 13-17 years old. You are welcome to keep on reading pages on here but please do not post any more comments, as we must keep this strictly for teenagers to interact with each other. But you are welcome to join our LearnEnglish page for adults and post comments there: www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish

Best wishes :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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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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