Adverbs of frequency are one type of adverbs that give us information about how often something takes place. Here’s a list of some frequently used adverbs of frequency and some examples of them:
- Always: She always complains about the injustice of society.
- Usually: My parents usually eat out on Sundays.
- Regularly: Sisters must regularly write to each other.
- Often: I often brush my teeth four times a day.
- Sometimes: I sometimes think about the past and the things I’ve done in my life.
- Rarely: My mother rarely talks about her past.
- Seldom: Opportunities seldom knock twice.
- Never: I will never forget what you did to me!
Some Rules To Keep in Mind
Generally, when we use adverbs, we place them directly before the verb (there are some exceptions).
- We never talk behind people’s backs.
- She sometimes forgets about her faults.
- My father always smiles at people.
Adverbs of frequency are used after the following forms of “be”: am, is, are, was, were.
- I am usually hopeful for the future.
- She is never satisfied.
- We were always considerate and thoughtful.
When there is a helping verb, the adverb comes after the first part of the verb.
- You must never do this again!
- I should always stay alarmed.
- My brother doesn’t always make mistakes.
In some cases, adverbs of frequency are used at the beginning of sentences or at the end of sentences.
At the beginning:
- Always trust your children to make them feel safe.
- Occasionally he goes to the park.
- Sometimes I lose hope and get depressed.
At the end:
- I go by bus sometimes.
- We work on our reading skills regularly.
- My kids watch horror movies often.
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