Adverbs of Frequency
- 100% – always – She likes dancing. She always goes to the night club to dance.
- 90% – usually – They usually quarrel. I rarely see them in good terms with each other.
- 80% – normally / generally – I normally go to the gym.
- 70% – often* / frequently – They often go out for dinner.
- 50% – sometimes – I don’t mind going to the theater. I sometimes go with my husband.
- 30% – occasionally – I occasionally eat junk food.
- 10% – seldom – I seldom read the newspaper.
- 5% – hardly ever / rarely – I hardly ever drink alcohol.
- 0% – never – I never go to the cinema. I don’t like it. / Never say never. (proverb)
The position of Adverbs of Frequency
Generally speaking, adverbs of frequency come before the main verb except for the main verb “to be”:
- I sometimes visit my uncle.
- We have often seen him pass by the house.
- They are seldom at work.
Occasionally, sometimes, often, frequently and usually can also go at the beginning or end of a sentence:
- Sometimes they visit him.
- I miss him occasionally.
Rarely and seldom can also go at the end of a sentence (often with “very”):
- We see them rarely.
- John eats meat very seldom.