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Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency show how often something happens. For example: "I always brush my teeth" means I brush my teeth every day.

Here are some common adverbs of frequency.


Always - He always eats breakfast.
Usually - He usually eats breakfast.
Often - He often eats breakfast.
Sometimes - He sometimes eats breakfast.
Never - He never eats breakfast.

For infrequent events we can use:

Don't usually - He doesn't usually eat breakfast.






Affirmative/Negative Frequency Adverbs

Affirmative frequency adverbs can be made negative, for example:
- I don't always eat rice for breakfast.
- He doesn't usually come home late.

Negative frequency adverbs can't be made negative: for example:
- I don't never eat rice for breakfast - This is incorrect

Adverb Position

Adverb position varies greatly in English. However as a general rule, adverbs of frequency come before the main verb. For example:

These are correct: "sometimes" comes before the main verb "play"
- We sometimes play sports.
- We don't often play sports.

These are incorrect:
- We play sometimes sports.
- We don't play often sports.

Other positions are also possible, for example:
- We play sports sometimes.
Here the adverb is in the end position.
- Sometimes we come home late.
The beginning positon is possible, especially when adding emphasis.


Click below for exercises using adverbs of frequency.


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