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Adverbs of Frequency

(part 1)

Presentation / Objective


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At the end of this topic you will:
Use the adverbs of frequency through the answer to the question “how often?” identifying how regularly something happens or a subject performs a certain action of the daily life.


Welcome to this topic known as Adverbs of Frequency!


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Can you answer this question?

Let´s see some Adverbs of Frequency according to their use:

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As you can see, adverbs of frequency are useful to specify how often actions happen. Use the following formulas:

• Before a main verb (except with To Be)

Subjectadverb + main verb

I always remember to do my homework
He normally gets good marks in his exams

• After  the verb To Be.

Subjectto be +adverb 

They are never pleased to see me
She isn’t usually bad tempered

• We can also use the following adverbs at the start of a sentence.

Usually, normally, often, frequently, sometimes, occasionally

Occasionally, I like to eat Thai food

• We cannot use the following at the beginning of a sentence.

Always, seldom, rarely, hardly, ever, never

• We use hardly ever and never with positive, not negative verbs.

She hardly ever comes to my parties
They never say 'thank you'

• We can also use the following expressions when we want to be more specific about the frequency.

- every day - once a month - twice a year - four times a day - every other week

Easy, right?

Are you able to identify what adverb of frequency is the appropriate to describe how often you do a specific action in your daily life?

Look at the following images and think of sentences to answer the questions. Keep grammar structures in mind and try to express them the best you can.


Answer the following questions.

How often do you?

Exercise 1

How often do you?

From the previous section: NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! Type your answer in the table below. Use the Adverbs of Frequency: always, usually, sometimes, hardly ever, or never with the right structure. If you have questions, go back to the grammar explanation to remember how to express How often do you…?

Exercise 2

Continue practicing

In this simple exercise you will begin to put into practice the use of adverbs of frequency in the description of activities of daily life. You can do it as many times as necessary.




We usually are are usually the first students to arrive.

Adverbs of frequency usually come after the verb be.

It takes usually usually takes me only 15 minutes to arrive at work.

Adverbs of frequency usually come before the verbs (other than be).

The price of electricity never has been has never been as high as it is now.

When a verb has two parts (is using, has used), adverbs of frequency usually come between the two parts.

I don’t never never text while driving.

Double negatives are not possible.



Exercise 3

Tina always go to bed late.


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Listen to Tina’s friend talking about her activities. Pay especial attention to the frequency they occur. Then answer the exercise, you can do it as many times as necessary.


Activity 1

I’m always busy!

You will read a passage about the daily activities of a person who seems to be very busy all day. You, how busy are you in the day? Do you have a specific routine?

Pay attention to the use of the adverbs of frequency in the story and then go to the evaluation activity to identify how much you master its use. Remember that you can go back to the content section if you have any doubts.


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My routine

I always get up at seven o'clock. Then I eat breakfast. I usually eat cereal and drink a glass of milk. Then I walk the dog. I always eat lunch at twelve fifteen. At lunch time I usually drink coke and eat a big salad. I never eat meat because I’m vegetarian. I usually have dinner at six o'clock in the evening.
I sometimes watch my favorite TV programs in the afternoons.
Later, I do my homework and go to bed. I often go to bed at ten o'clock. I occasionally go to bed late.


Activity 2

Always late!

Although every day we try to establish a type of routine for the performance of our activities, there are always situations that are beyond our control.

For example, listen to a student giving excuses to her teacher for why she has been late for class. Pay attention to the frequency adverbs that she uses and then answer the activity to recognize if you are able to identify them.

Have you been in a similar situation?


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Activity 3

John’s house activities

Now you're going to listen to a conversation between John and his teacher based on John’s house activities. Pay attention to the frequency adverbs that they uses and then answer the activity.

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Activity 4

Tell us something about you

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It is time for you to put into practice the adverbs of frequency based on your daily life. How frequent are the activities you do?

Write about activities you practice and their frequency. Use always, never, usually, often, sometimes and other adverbs that help you to describe your activities the best you can.

Include the time you wake up, take a shower, leave your house, study, sports, free time, etc. Include at least 10 activities. You can write your answers in the downloadable file and don't forget to check the rubric to comply with all that is requested.


Activity 5

What is something …?

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Now it’s your turn to speak!

There is an interviewer asking you some questions. Please read them carefully and answer only 5 of your choice.

Remember to use the frequency adverbs in each one.

  • What is something you always do when you study for a test?
  • What is something you usually do in your free time?
  • Where do you often go in summer?
  • Where do you sometimes go with your friends?
  • What is something you never do around your parents?
  • What do you usually do in the morning to get ready?
  • What restaurants do you seldom eat at?
  • What is something you rarely eat during the winter?
  • What type of music do you normally listen to?
  • When do you generally get up?

You can write your answers in this site to listen and practice the correct pronunciation before recording. Review the instructions to get the most out of it.

Do not record the questions. Only your answers.

You must see the rubric which will guide you with the qualities of an excellent speech.

Record your voice here, when you are ready.


As an additional practice to those you did previously, you will find two more exercises about the frequency adverbs.

You can still continue your practice in the references recommended at the end of the section.

Word order

Drag the words and order the sentence properly. You can know your score at the end of the exercise.

My last practice

Choose the most appropriate option for the following statements. You can know your score at the end of the exercise.


Congratulations, you have arrived to the last part of the unit. Remember that if you wish you can continue practicing using the complementary sites recommended at the end of the lesson.

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• British Council (2017). Adverbs of frequency. Retrieved on 2017, April 25 from https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-practice/adverbs-frequency
• Woodward English (2017). Adverbs of Frequency - Word Order. Retrieved on 2017, April 25 from https://www.grammar.cl/Games/Adverbs_of_Frequency.htm


•Learn English with Teacher Joe! (2017). How often? Using Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often and Always. Retrieved on 2017, April 25 from
• My English Pages (2017). Grammar Exercises - Adverbs of frequency. Retrieved on 2017, April 25 from