41 Adverbs – Frequency

Adverbs

Adverbs are expressions that function as modifiers of other elements in the clause. They can provide a wide range of information.

Adverbs of Frequency are used to give information about the frequency of an event.

Adverbs are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs “to be” or “to have” and before other verbs.

The structure of Adverbs of Frequency is as follows:
Subject + aux. verb + adverb + complement;
Subject + adverb + verb + object.

Below you can read the main Adverbs of Frequency in ascending order:

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Usually
  • Always
  • I never lost control.
  • rarely go to the dentist.
  • He sometimes buys the daily newspaper.
  • He often seems to be tired.
  • I usually go to school on time.
  • I always go to class.

Main Adverbs of Frequency are as follows:

  • Never (not at any time);
  • Rarely (not often);
  • Sometimes (on some occasions but not always or often);
  • Often (many times);
  • Usually (at most times);
  • Always (at all times).

*In ascending order.

Adverbs are important as they modify other elements in a sentence. Adverbs can give information about the frequency of an event and these are called Adverbs of Frequency.

The main Adverbs of Frequency are: Never, rarely, sometimes, often, usually and always.

For example:
— “I never go to school on Sundays.” = In this case the action is expressed by the verb to go (not “to be” or “to have”), so the adverb is positioned before it (Adverb + verb “to go”).
— “I’m always at school in the morning.” = In this case the action is expressed by a the verb to be, so the adverb is positioned after it (Verb “to be” + adverb).
— “She never eats so much.”= In this case the action is expressed by the verb to eat (not “to be” or “to have”), so the adverb is positioned before the verb (Adverb + verb “to eat”).
— “She usually buys shoes.” = In this case the action is expressed by the verb to buy (not “to be” or “to have”), so the adverb is positioned before it (Adverb + verb “to buy”).

NOTE: When we have an auxiliary verb in a sentence (to be or to have), Adverbs are placed after this verb, but before when used with other verbs.

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