43 *Adverbs – Frequency

Adverbs

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

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

The structure of adverbs of frequency is as follows:
Subject + aux. verb + adverb + complement
Subject + adverb + verb + object

  • 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 is 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. In English, 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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