Adverbs – Frequency


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

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

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To describe the Frequency of an event we use Adverbs of Frequency. Some of these are listed below, in ascending order:

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Now and then
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Occasionally
  • Often
  • Usually
  • Frequently
  • Regularly
  • Constantly
  • Always

To provide more precise information about frequency we also use the following adverbs: Daily, weekly, monthly, periodically, yearly.

  1. I never eat meat.
  2. I rarely stay in a hostel when I go on holiday.
  3. Now and then we go off to the country.
  4. I seldom go to the beach.
  5. I sometimes play video games in my free time.
  6. He has a flat in London now, but he still comes home occasionally.
  7. I often invite my classmates to my house at the weekend.
  8. We usually go out to eat on Fridays.
  9. You frequently go shopping.
  10. Martin regularly visits his mother.
  11. He constantly complains about his ex-wife.
  12. I always give a present to my mom on her birthday.

Adverbs of Frequency are also used as adverbs of time, to describe how often/frequently something happens. Adverbs are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs “to be” or “to have” (“I’m rarely at home”) and before other verbs (I rarely go to the dentist):

  1. Never (not at any time);
  2. Rarely (not often);
  3. Now and then (from time to time);
  4. Seldom (on only a few occasions);
  5. Sometimes (on some occasions but not always or often);
  6. Occasionally (sometimes but not often);
  7. Often (many times);
  8. Usually (at most times);
  9. Frequently (often);
  10. Regularly (often);
  11. Constantly (all the time or often);
  12. Always (at all times).

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, now and then, seldom, sometimes, occasionally, often, usually, frequently, regularly, constantly and always.

For example:
— “I never go to the gym.” = The subject (I) at no time goes to the gym.
— “sometimes go to the gym.” = The subject (I) goes to the gym on some occasions.
— “I frequently go to the gym.” = The subject (I) often goes to the gym.

NOTE: Adverbs are usually positioned after auxiliary verbs (to be/to have) and positioned before other verbs.

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