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Adverbs of Frequency

What are the examples of adverbs of frequency? How do you use adverbs of frequency? Is Everyday an adverb of frequency?

Adverbs of Frequency

1) An adverb is a word or set of words that modifies verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Usually adverbs modify verbs, telling us how, how often, when, or where something was done.

We walked really slowly.

2) There are many kinds of adverbs. Among them there are adverbs of frequency. These adverbs tell us how often something happens. They are also used to indicate routine or repeated activities.

I always do my homework.

These adverbs are usually placed before the main verb but after auxiliary verbs (such as to have, may, must).

Our company frequently has brunches with potential clients.

You should always wait for the green light to cross the road.

The only exception is when the main verb is to be, in which case the adverb goes after the main verb.

We are usually optimistic.

Here are the most common adverbs of frequency:

Adverb of Frequency
100 %
Sarah always helps her mom with dinner.
90 %
We usually go out on Fridays.
80 %
Shaun normally eats breakfast at 8 a.m.
70 %
They often go to their parents at weekends.
50 %
Peter sometimes forgets his kids’ birthdays.
30 %
I occasionally eat vegetarian food.
10 %
We seldom go on vacation together.
5 %
hardly ever/rarely
Meredith hardly ever drinks coffee.
0 %
They never eat junk food.

We can also use the following expressions when we want to be more specific about the frequency: every day, once a month, twice a year, three times a day, every other week, daily, monthly, annually etc.

I usually eat pizza once a month.

If you need to use more than one adverb of time in a sentence, use them in the following order: (1) how long, (2) how often, (3) when.

Peter worked at the mall for 4 days (1) every week (2) last year (3).

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