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Adverbs of frequency

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Sam's going to show us how to use adverbs of frequency in a sentence. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Sam
Welcome to BBC Learning English. I'm Sam and today we're going to look at adverbs of frequency. You know these! Always, sometimes, never. But where do they go in a sentence?

Look at always in this sentence. Does it come before or after the verb?

Helen always starts work at seven.

The verb is 'starts' and always comes before – rule number one.

Next sentence: Helen isn't always happy about this.

The verb is 'is' and always was after – rule number two

Last sentence: Helen has always hated early starts.

Trick question! There was an auxiliary verb 'has' and a main verb 'hated' and always went after the auxiliary verb – rule number three

 

 

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Adverbs of frequency

Adverbs of frequency
Adverbs of frequency are words like: always, often, sometimes, rarely, never. They answer the question 'how often...?'

  • How often do you go to the gym?
  • I always go to the gym.
  • I often go to the gym.
  • I sometimes go to the gym.
  • I rarely go to the gym.
  • I never go to the gym.

Where do they go in a sentence?
Adverbs of frequency generally occupy three positions in a sentence - all in relation to the verb.

1. Before the main verb
In the majority of cases, the adverb of frequency goes before the main verb.

  • Helen always starts work at seven.
  • She usually went to school by bus.


2. After the verb when the main verb is 'be'
If the main verb is a form of 'be' (am, are, is, was, were), the adverb of frequency comes after.

  • Helen isn't always happy with this.
  • They are never late for anything!

3. Between the auxiliary verb and the main verb
If the sentence has two verbs - an auxiliary verb and a main verb - the adverb of frequency goes between them.

  • Helen has always hated early starts.
  • She doesn't often go to school by bus.

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