What Are Adverbs of Frequency?
Adverbs of frequency modify a verb to indicate how often the action is done.
Adverbs of Frequency: Types
We have two main categories of adverbs of frequency:
- indefinite adverbs of frequency
- definite adverbs of frequency
Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency
We have six main adverbs of frequency that we use in English. They are called indefinite adverbs of frequency because the exact frequency is not defined.
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Other less common adverbs of frequency are:
- normally → 80%
- generally → 80%
- frequently → 70%
- occasionally → 30%
- seldom → 10%
- hardly ever → 5%
Definite Adverbs of Frequency
- every day
- once a week
- twice a month
- three times a day
- every other day
You should water these plants
The meeting takes place
Adverbs of Frequency: Placement
If the verb is 'to be' the adverb of frequency must be placed after the verb.
Adverbs of frequency are placed before the main verb.
If the sentence has any auxiliary verbs like 'do' and 'have,' the adverb of frequency must be placed between the auxiliary and the main verb.
In the table below, you can see which adverbs can be placed at the beginning of the sentence and which adverbs better not be used at the start of a sentence (unless for emphasis and literary purposes).
Always I travel with my friend.)
Making Questions and Negatives
To make a sentence negative or to make a question for of the sentence all you need to do is to add not to the auxiliary or to put it at the beginning of the sentence. So there is not a change in the place of the adverbs.
Adverbs of frequency indicate how often an action is done.
They are placed after the auxiliary verbs and before the main verbs.