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Adverbs of frequency


Frequency adverbs

The adverbs of frequency are important because with those words you can inform about the regularity in which you perform activities that are part of your habits and routines.

In this topic you are going to work with different skills, you are going to:

  • Read about Helen and her family, they live in Sidney Australia.
  • Listen to 10 sentences and you are going to drag the adverb of frequency you hear to the respective space in the sentence.
  • Write about how often you do some activities.
  • Record your voice saying how often Abigail performs some of her activities.

Let’s get started!


At the end of this topic you will:

Be able to use the adverbs of frequency through everyday activities to express ideas saying how often you and the people around you perform activities.

Adverbs of frequency

To know more about this topic, check the following information:

Adverbs of frequency used in Present Simple

To form a sentence with adverbs of frequency we follow the pattern of a sentence in present simple just that this time we are going to add the word that indicates frequency between the subject and the verb.

Look at these examples:

  • I always wake up early.
  • My sister usually takes my nephew to school.
  • Gordon often calls me in the afternoon.
  • My father sometimes drives a car.
  • We rarely go to the doctor.
  • Jimmy hardly ever rides his bike.
  • They never listen to music after 6:00 pm.


Adverbs of frequency with the verb To be (is, are, am).

There is going to be an exception when the verb is being used in a sentence. The verb to be must be written between the subject and the adverb of frequency.

Look at these examples:

  • I am always on time.
  • She is usually writing letters.
  • My brother is often grumpy.
  • Tom and Jerry are sometimes funny.
  • Tanya is rarely in the classroom.
  • We are hardly ever agreeing.
  • •Yolanda is never alone.


Important: usually & sometimes

The adverbs usually and sometimes can begin a sentence. They are the only two adverbs that can go at the beginning of an idea.

Look one more time at the previous sentences in both ways:

  • My sister usually takes my nephew to school.
    Usually my sister takes my nephew to school.

  • My father sometimes drives a car.
    Sometimes my father drives a car.

  • She is usually writing letters.
    Usually she is writing letters.

  • Tom and Jerry are sometimes funny.
    Sometimes Tom and Jerry are funny.



Activity 1

My life in South Wales

Read the text about Hellen, a girl who lives in Australia and the activities she and her family do. Then, according to the text answer True or False.


Wilson, J. (2015). Sydney. [Photo]. Retrieved from: https://pixabay.com/es/sydney-edificios-puerto-australia-1029683/



Activity 2

I Always listen to music


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How often do these people do the activities they mention? While you listen to them, think about how often you do the same activities. Listen to the sentences, and then drag the adverbs of frequency you hear to their respective gap.

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Activity 3

How often do you…?

Now it’s time for you to write sentences using the adverbs of frequency just to check if you understood how to write them. Write sentences expressing how often you do the following activities. Once you finish, remember to check the rubric.

Check the following example.


Unsplash. (2014). Blogs. [Photo]. Retrieved from: https://pixabay.com/es/blogs-blogger-oficina-negocio-336375/



Activity 4

How often does Abigail…?

Now, you are going to record sentences about Abigail, and you are going to say how often she does the following activities. Remember to check the rubric before you begin your activity.


Prawny. (2015). Boy. [Photo]. Retrieved from:https://pixabay.com/es/personas-persona-hombre-masculina-1099804/



Forming sentences

It is important the order of words in the language, it is not the same as in Spanish. In this exercise, all the sentences are scrambled (the words are not in order). You are going to order them to write a correct sentence using the adverbs of frequency. You are going to have just two chances to do it. Good luck!

If you have questions in how to form a sentence using the adverbs of frequency, you can check the grammar section of this topic.



Basic references

Thornbury, Scott. (2004). Natural Grammar. Oxford.
S. Azar, Betty and A. Hagen, Stacy. (2009). Understanding and Using English Grammar. Pearson Longman.

Complementary references

Coordinación de Universidad Abierta y Educación a Distancia-UNAM. (2011). English Media. Retrieved from: www.cuaed.unam.mx/english_media