Unit 8.1

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs

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.

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: alwaysneveroftenrarelysometimes and usually

  • always go on holiday to Egypt.
  • never went to Thailand in the end.
  • He often seems to be tired.
  • rarely go to restaurants.
  • He sometimes buys newspapers.
  • usually go to school on time.

We use adverbs of frequency when we give information about the 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).

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

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

When we use adverbs of frequency, we start with the subject followed by to be or to have, and the adverb.
We can also start with the subject followed by the adverb and a 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).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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