When we want to talk about how frequently something happens, we can use frequency adverbs. These adverbs answer the question, “How often?” We can use them when talking about the past, present, and future.
Frequency adverbs include words such as the following. This is by no means a complete list! Always Never Sometimes Rarely Often Frequently Usually Hardly ever Occasionally Seldom Once in a while Not very often Almost always A lot
Frequency adverbs can occur in different places in a sentence:
They can occur after the subject
Examples She always goes out with her friends on Friday nights. We never go to the movies. I hardly ever go to parties
They can occur after the verb “to be”
Examples John is usually late. My sons are often sick in the winter. I am rarely on time for meetings.
They can occur at the end of a sentence
Examples I see you often. We can ride to work together once in a while. I read books frequently.
They can occur at the beginning of a sentence
Examples Occasionally, my daughter comes to visit me. Once in a while, I enjoy eating ice cream. Sometimes, my manager attends my meetings.
Exercises Read the following sentences and determine if the frequency adverb is in the correct place. If it is, do nothing; if it isn’t, correct it. 1. We usually have dessert after dinner. 2. Why do you always have to do that? 3. He often isn’t late. 4. I don’t know why you go on vacation hardly ever. 5. My family frequently is having parties. 6. We are here not very often. 7.Often we go to the beach in the summer. 8. My friends go seldom with us. 9. You sometimes laugh too loud. 10. We will go frequently together.
Make up a sentence using the following frequency adverbs. Use the above guidelines to help you. 1. once in a while 2. sometimes 3. often 4. never 5. always 6. occasionally 7. hardly ever 8. frequently 9. usually 10. rarely