We use adverbs of frequency to say how often we do something. Adverbs of frequency are often used with the Present Simple because they indicate repeated or routine activities.
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.
Adverbs of Frequency | Infographic
Thursday 5th of November 2020
Ok but what do I write?
Tuesday 2nd of June 2020
Thank you, it is very interesting.
Sunday 13th of October 2019
Ex : 'She can be never a teacher' / 'She can never be a teacher', which one is correct ?
Saturday 17th of April 2021
it's should be She never can be a teacher
Thursday 12th of December 2019
The last one I think!
Monday 28th of October 2019
Wednesday 20th of March 2019