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9 Important Adverbs of Frequency for ESL Learners

9 Important Adverbs of Frequency for ESL Learners

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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% – alwaysShe likes dancing. She always goes to the night club to dance.
  • 90% – usuallyThey usually quarrel. I rarely see them in good terms with each other.
  • 80% – normally / generallyI normally go to the gym.
  • 70% – often* / frequentlyThey often go out for dinner.
  • 50% – sometimesI don’t mind going to the theater. I sometimes go with my husband.
  • 30% – occasionallyI occasionally eat junk food.
  • 10% – seldomI seldom read the newspaper.
  • 5% – hardly ever / rarely I hardly ever drink alcohol.
  • 0% – neverI 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

Adverbs of frequency


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!

Juan Diego

Monday 28th of October 2019

option 2

Anita Shine

Wednesday 20th of March 2019