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Adverbs of frequency

What is an adverb?

A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. (e.g., gently, quite, then, there ).

I always start my day with a cup of coffee. She usually takes a walk in the park after work.We often meet up for lunch on Fridays. Occasionally, I treat myself to a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant. He seldom forgets important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. I never miss my morning jog, no matter the weather. They always have a family movie night on Saturdays. I usually check my email first thing in the morning. We often go camping in the summer months. I never take the scenic route to the office because it's too time-consuming.

Usually, they go out for dinner on weekends. Often, she practices the piano for hours. Occasionally, we host game nights with friends. Seldom, he arrives late to meetings. Never, she forgets to water the plants in her garden. Always, he expresses gratitude for small gestures. Usually, they attend the annual family reunion. Often, we take spontaneous road trips during the summer. Occasionally, she volunteers at the local animal shelter.

The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence

An adverb of frequency goes before a main verb (except with To Be).

The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence

An adverb of frequency goes after the verb To Be.

When we use an modal verb (have, will, must, might, could, would, can, etc.), the adverb is placed between the auxiliary and the main verb. This is also true for to be.

  • She can always find time to exercise, even on busy days.
  • We may usually go for a hike on Sundays.
  • He must often attend business meetings in different cities.
  • I could occasionally join you for lunch during the week.
  • They should never underestimate the power of teamwork.
  • You might always rely on him in times of need.
  • We will usually meet at the coffee shop on Fridays.
  • I must often remind myself to take breaks during long work hours.
  • She should occasionally try new recipes for dinner.
  • We might never forget the incredible experiences we had on that trip.

We can also use the following adverbs at the start of a sentence: Usually, normally, often, frequently, sometimes, occasionallyOccasionally, I like to eat Thai food. BUT we cannot use the following at the beginning of a sentence: Always, seldom, rarely, hardly, ever, never.

We can also use the following expressions when we want to be more specific about the frequency: every day once a month twice a year four times a day every other week daily monthly

We can also use the following expressions when we want to be more specific about the frequency: every day once a month twice a year four times a day every other week daily monthly

  • I go for a run every day to stay active and healthy.
  • They visit their grandparents once a month to catch up and share stories.
  • The company conducts performance reviews twice a year to assess employee progress.
  • The doctor recommended taking the medication four times a day with meals.
  • We have team meetings every other week to discuss project updates.
  • Monthly budget reviews ensure financial stability and responsible spending.

We can also use 'every' + period of time: Every morning Every day Every Tuesday Every week Every month

  • I always go to the cinema at the weekend.
  • She usually has cereal for breakfast.
  • They sometimes watch TV in the evenings.
  • We never go to museums.
  • They are usually on holiday in July.
  • He is sometimes late for school.
  • I always go to the cinema at the weekend.
  • She usually has cereal for breakfast.
  • They sometimes watch TV in the evenings.
  • We never go to museums.
  • They are usually on holiday in July.
  • He is sometimes late for school.