[Grammar] How To Use Adverbs Of Frequency Correctly?

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1. would move; spoke

2. had won; would have bought

Today, we will learn adverbs of frequency.

Adverbs of frequency always describe how often something occurs. Below are the most common adverbs of frequency in English in order from most often to least often:

Where do they appear in a sentence?

The positon of adverbs of frequency in a sentence is often confusing. Here are some rules for placement in sentences.

1. In a sentence with one verb

If the sentence has one verb in it we usually put the adverb after the subject and before the verb:

  • He usually gets up at 7:00.
  • She never stays up late.


2. Usually after the verb “Be”

The adverb usually comes after the verb “be”:

  • Marry is often late.
  • Teachers are not always right.

3. In a sentence with more than one verb

If the sentence has more than one verb in it we usually put the adverb after the first verb:

  • The employees have often complained about their workload.
  • Her father doesn’t usually smoke.

4. For emphasis

For emphasis, we can put the adverb at the beginning or end of the sentence.

  • Usually I go to school by bike.
  • Often he gets to work early.

5. In question form

When using adverbs of frequency in the question form, we usually put the adverb before the main verb.

  • Do you often go fishing?
  • Does he usually play basketball?


1. I ____________ late on Saturdays.

A. get up usually

B. get usually up

C. usually get up

2. Peter _________ late for work.

A. never is

B. is never


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