42 Adverbs of Frequency

Introduction

Adverbs are words that function as modifiers of sentences, clauses or various elements of clauses. They can provide a wide range of information.

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

Form

Adverbs of frequency are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs to be or to have, and before other verbs.

Their positions are:
Subject + be/have + adverb + …
Subject + adverb + verb + …

The main adverbs of frequency are: never, rarely, sometimes, often, usually and always.

Example

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

Use

Adverbs of frequency are used to give information about frequency of something. The main adverbs of frequency are:

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

Summary

Adverbs of frequency give information about the frequency of an event.

The main adverbs of frequency are: alwaysneveroftenrarely, sometimes and usually.

Their positions in a sentence are:
Subject + be/have + adverb + …
Subject + adverb + verb + …

For example:
— “I’m always at school in the morning.” = The action is expressed by the verb to be (always after it).
— “I always go to school in the mornings.” = The action is expressed by the verb to go (always before it).

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