Adverbs of Frequency for beginners

Adverbs of frequency show us how often an action takes place. We use them commonly in daily English so, it is essential to learn them. Read here.

"Adverbs of Frequency" in the English Grammar

What Are Adverbs of Frequency?

Adverbs of frequency are special adverbs that tell us how often something happens.

Common adverbs of frequency are as follows:

Always 100% all the time
Usually 90% most of the time
Often 70% many times
Sometimes 50% some of the time
Never 0% no time

Adverbs of Frequency: Uses

Adverbs of frequency are used to show how often something happens. They tell us about the number of times an action takes place. Check out the examples:

You are always late.

I never talk to him.

He is usually angry.

They often eat meat.

You can sometimes go and visit him.

They never use it.

Adverbs of Frequency: Placement

Adverbs of frequency are typically used before the main verb in a sentence, or between the auxiliary verb and the main verb if there is one. However, when the verb 'to be' is used, the adverb of frequency usually comes after it. Pay attention to the examples:

They never get up late.

(before the main verb)

He is always talking about his problems.

(between the main verb and the auxiliary)

You are always sad.

(after the verb 'to be')


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