What Are Adverbs of Frequency?
Adverbs of frequency are a type of adverb used to indicate how often an action or event occurs. They modify the verb in a sentence and provide information about the number of times an action or event occurs.
Adverbs of Frequency: Types
Mainly, adverbs of frequency are divided into two groups:
- Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency
- Definite Adverbs of Frequency
Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency
Some adverbs express a general percentage of how often an action is done, rather than being specific. These adverbs can indicate frequency on a scale of 0% to 100%. Carefully study the table below:
|Adverbs of Frequency
|The Percentage of Frequency
Now, examine the examples below:
As you can see, the sentence is showing that the girl isn't that much interested in Iranian movies .
Definite Adverbs of Frequency
As opposed to the indefinite adverbs of frequency, these definite ones are specific and show exactly how often something happens or is done. Below is a list of some common definite adverbs of frequency:
- Every day
- Every week
- Once a week
- Twice a week
- Once a month
- Three times a year
- Every weekend
Now, let us look at some examples:
I want to read a book
As you can see, it is completely clear when and how may times the action is done.
Sydney and her brother go mountain climbing
Normally, adverbs of frequency are placed before the main verb. Study the following examples carefully:
If the main verb of the sentence is 'to be', adverb of frequency is placed after it. Take a look at the examples below:
When we have an auxiliary verb in the statement, the adverbs of frequency come between the auxiliary and the main verb. Take a look at the example below:
Definite adverbs of frequency
She goes jogging
He wished he could go on a short trip to the country
Questions and Negations
Normally, the negative word 'not' is placed after the verb and an auxiliary verb is added at the beginning of the sentence. Therefore, adverbs of frequency remain unchanged. Take a look at the following examples:
As you can see, 'not' is added to the auxiliary verb and the adverb of frequency has come after it.
Be careful not to use negative adverbs of frequency in negative sentences. When using negative adverbs of frequency, the sentence must be affirmative. Pay attention to the following examples:
don't rarely go...)