Adverbs that change or qualify the meaning of a sentence by telling us how often or how frequently something happens are defined as adverbs of frequency …
Positions of Adverbs of Frequency
- At the beginning of the sentence: occasionally, often, sometimes, usually
- At the end of the sentence: frequently, occasionally, sometimes
- Between the subject and the main verb: always, often, usually, seldom, rarely, never
- Immediately after the verb "to be": always, often, usually, seldom, rarely, never
Examples of Adverbs of Frequency
- always - 100%
He always has sandwiches for his lunch.
- usually - 90%
The drive usually takes 15 or 20 minutes.
- generally - 80%
I generally get in to work by 8.00.
- frequently - 70%
He was frequently drunk.
- often - 70%
If you wash your hair too often, it can get too dry.
- sometimes - 50%
The journey takes an hour, sometimes even longer.
- occasionally - 30%
My stomach still bothers me occasionally.
- seldom - 10%
Karen had seldom seen him so angry.
- rarely - 5%
She very rarely complains.
- hardly ever - 5%
We hardly ever go out.
- never - 0%
He’s never been to Australia.