Grammar: Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency show you how often something happens. This can be always = 100%, or never = 0%...


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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.


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