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Adverbs of Frequency. Jinny Kim Han. Let’s begin!. almost never. Choose one! verbs adverbs adjectives. What are these?. never. sometimes. regularly. rarely. frequently. infrequently. often. almost always. seldom. occasionally. Try again!. Sorry, those are not verbs.

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Adverbs of frequency

Adverbs of Frequency

Jinny Kim Han

Let’s begin!

What are these

almost never

Choose one!




What are these?








almost always



Try again

Try again!

  • Sorry, those are not verbs.

    A verb is a word such as run, feel, or swim that is used with a subject to say what someone or something does or what happens to them, or to give information about them

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You re right

You’re right!

Those are the adverbs of frequency.

Adverbs are words that modify:

  • a verb (She drove fast.- How did she drive?)

  • an adjective (She drove a very fast car. — How fast was her car?)

  • another adverb (She drove quite slowly. — How slowly did she drive?)

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I am sorry

I am sorry!

  • An adjective is a word such as small, beautiful, or heavy that describes a person or thing, or gives extra information about them.

  • Adjectives usually come before nouns or after link verbs.

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What are frequency adverbs

What are frequency adverbs?

Frequency adverbs are adverbs that state

how often something happens or someone

does something.

For example,

Eric often rides a bicycle.

Andy goes to school by himselfeveryday.

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Do you have any idea how often

Do you have any idea how often?

Next slide is a chart of frequency adverbs, the numbers after the adverbs will give you an idea of the how often an event would take place.

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Table of frequency adverbs

Table of Frequency Adverbs

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Examples of frequency adverbs

Examples of Frequency Adverbs

  • I alwaysbrush my teeth in the morning. (100%)

  • Sheusually arrives to work on time. (90-99%)

  • I visit my grandparentsfrequently. (75-90%)

  • My dogoften sleeps on my bed with me. (75-90%)

  • Sometimeshe eats eggs for breakfast. (25-50%)

  • I go for a walk in the park occasionally. (25-50%)

  • We seldomeat out. (10-25%)

  • My family rarely goes on vacation. (1-10%)

  • He never helps me clean the house. (0%)

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Test your knowledge on frequency adverbs

Test your knowledge on frequency adverbs.

  • Andy is an excellent student. He _____ goes to class.

  • always

  • usually

  • sometimes

  • seldom

Good job

Good job!

  • Common adverbs of frequency are never, almost never, hardly ever, rarely, seldom, sometimes, often, usually, almost always, and always. As you remember correctly, these adverbs are ordered from 0% occurrence to 100% occurrence.

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  • There is a better answer.

  • If you want to look at the table of frequency adverbs again, click the help button

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Table of frequency adverbs1

Table of Frequency Adverbs

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Try this

Try this!

  • Eric goes to the gym only two or three times a year. He ____ goes to the gym.

  • always

  • never

  • usually

  • seldom

Good job1

Good Job!

  • You are right!

    As you understand well, we use frequency adverbs to describe how often we do something. We usually place the frequency adverb between the subject and the simple present verb in the sentence. Sometimes they are placed at the beginning or end of a sentence. Frequency adverbs come after the verb "be".

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Oops try again

Adverbs of Frequency answer

Thequestion "How often?" or

"How frequently?" They tell

us how often somebody does

something. Look at the graph

on the right:

Can you get it now?

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50% sometimes




hardly ever


Oops, try again!

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Test your knowledge again

Test your knowledge again.

  • Mike goes to the beach wheneverhe can. He _____ misses a chance to go to the ocean.

  • never

  • always

  • usually

Think again

Think again!

Read below sentences to understand how each frequency

adverb is used in a sentence:

  • I always brush my teeth in the morning.(100%)

  • People usually smile when they are happy .(90-99%)

  • We often visit our friends’ home. (75-90%)

  • Sometimes Andy makes coffee for his mother.(25-75%)

  • They seldom go to the theater.(10-25%)

  • Eric rarely drinks tea.(1-10%)

  • Brian never runs.(0%)

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You ve got it

You’ve got it!

  • Want more challenges? If you do, you will get extra credit to complete the quiz below:


    If a printer is ready, print out the question sheet with your answers.

    However, if there is no printer, write down the questions and answers

    on paper and submit it and get extra credit.

Go for it!

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Positions of frequency adverbs

Positions of frequency adverbs

  • Frequency adverbs are placed before the main verb except if the main verb is the verb "to be" the adverbs comes after the adverb.

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Positions of frequency adverbs 1

Positions of Frequency Adverbs 1

If the sentence has only one verb in it, we

usually put the adverb inthe middle of the

sentence, i.e. after thesubject and before

the verb:

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Positions of frequency adverbs 2

Positions of Frequency Adverbs 2

  • The adverb usually comes after the verb "be":

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Positions of frequency adverbs 3

Positions of Frequency Adverbs 3

  • If a sentence has more than one verb in it, the adverb is usually placed after the first part of the verb:

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  • With haveand used to, the frequency adverb is usually placed in front.

    For example,

    We always used to look forward to eating at the restaurant.

    Inever has any trouble with my old computer.

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Positions of frequency adverbs 4

Positions of Frequency Adverbs 4

  • Frequency adverbs can be placed either at the beginning or end of the sentence.

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  • Always cannot be placed at the beginning or end of the sentence.

  • Never, rarely, and seldomcannot go at the end of a sentence. They only can be put at the beginning of a sentence and have to be followed by the special word order.For example,

    Rarely had the orchestra given a worse performance.

    Seldom has there been a better time to discuss our


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Positions of frequency adverbs 6

Positions of Frequency Adverbs 6

  • When using adverbs of frequency in the negative form, put the adverb before the main verb.

    (cf. Never, rarely, seldom and other negative sense of frequency verbs are not used in the negative form.)

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Review your knowledge

Review your knowledge.

Visit the below link to check your understanding about the

position of frequency adverbs:

An interactive quiz on the position of frequency adverb (10 questions)

Grammar exercise on the position of frequency adverbs (10 questions)

If a printer is ready, print out the question sheet with your answers.

However, if there is no printer, write down the questions and answers

on paper and submit it and get extra credit.

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Let s take a quick quiz

Let’s take a quick quiz.

Read each sentence below, then decide if the

[Frequency Adverb] goes “before” or “after” the


  • never BEFORE AFTER

    I eat green onions.

  • always BEFORE AFTER

    Eric is happy when he plays with his best friend.

Adverbs of frequency


  • Try to remember:

    Frequency adverbs come before other verbs (play, sing, learn, work, etc.)

    I alwayshelp my brother. Jakeusuallycomes early to school. Andy and Ericoftenswim together.

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Try once more

Try once more!

  • Remember this:

    Frequency adverbs come after a BE verb (am, is, are, was, were, etc.).

    Andy isalways a good student. Ericis usually happy when he plays with his friends.Brian and Eric are often in the library after class.

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Right on target

Right on target!

You demonstrated your knowledge on the positions of

adverbs of frequency and seem to correctly understand the

rule below:

“Adverbs of frequency can occupy different positions in the

sentence. With most verbs, the normal position is between the

subject and the verb. With the verb ,to be, the adverb

normally comes after the verb.”

Go back to the second question, then.

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Great job try some more

Great Job! Try some more~.

Click the link below to take a quiz:

  • A test with 10 questions

  • A quiz with 5 questions

    If a printer is ready, print out the question sheet with your

    answers. However, if there is no printer, write down the

    questions and answers on paper and submit it and get extra


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Now you’ve become the EXPERT on Frequency Adverbs!

So far, you have learned:

  • What the adverbs of frequency are

  • What frequency adverbs do

  • Where each of frequency adverb is placed in a sentence

    Don’t forget to keep practicing what you’ve learned today!

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