What Are Adverbs of Frequency?
As their name suggests, adverbs of frequency are used to show how often things happen.
What Kinds of Adverbs of Frequency Do We Have?
Mainly, adverbs of frequency are divided into two groups that are as follows:
- Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency
- Definite Adverbs of Frequency
Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency
On a scale of 0% to 100%, we have several adverbs that are more general and show the percentage of how often an action is done, rather than being specific. Carefully study the table below:
Now, let us examine some examples below:
As you can see, the sentence is showing that the girl isn't into Iranian movies that much.
Definite Adverbs of Frequency
As opposed to the indefinite adverbs of frequency, these definite ones are specified and show exactly when and how often something 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 here:
I want to finish 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
If the main verb of the sentence is 'to be', we have to put the adverb of frequency after it. Take a look at the examples below:
Normally, adverbs of frequency are put before the main verb. Study the following examples carefully:
It can be useful to know that 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 always come at the end of the sentences. Take a look at the examples below:
She goes jogging
He wished he could go on a short trip to the country
Questions and Negations
Normally, we add the negative word 'not' after the verb and put an auxiliary verb at the beginning of the sentence. Therefore, nothing happens to adverbs of frequency. 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.