How to Use Frequency Adverbs


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Today I’m going to present to you what I would like to provide to my followers on my website.


The first topic I’d like to present to you is talking about routines. Routines are some things that we do every day (or every week or every year etc.). A Routine can be

“I always wake up at six a.m. in the morning.”

“I sometimes have a cappuccino.” That’s a coffee with milk.

“I rarely get up before six o’clock in the morning.”

I rarely, that means it’s not very common.

“I occasionally have a coffee in a bar, but I generally have coffee at home.”

“I seldom walk to work.”

It’s very far from my house. So,  I seldom means it’s very uncommon (or infrequent) that I do this. Maybe this happens once a year when the weather is bad and there is a lot of snow on the roads and (as a result) I cannot use my car.

So we talk about routines when we use adverbs, frequency adverbs. Frequency adverbs can be;

Always; never; sometimes; rarely; seldom; occasionally.

There will be a complete list with the transcript of this podcast. (See below for a list of the main frequency adverbs.)

  • always
  • frequently
  • generally
  • hardly ever
  • never
  • normally
  • occasionally
  • often
  • rarely
  • regularly
  • seldom
  • sometimes
  • usually

We use adverbs together with a verb to give it (the verb) more information. To give the sentence more information. So, for example:

 “I always buy a newspaper in the morning.”

Notice we say:

I always – the adverb.

Then the verb – buy.

Then the noun – a newspaper.

If we use the verb to be we use it in a different way:

“I am never late.”

I am never late. So notice that we use the adverb after the verb to be.

OK, and that’s how we use adverbs which are frequency adverbs.

Ok, that’s it for today. Coming soon. More podcasts from me, on a wide range of subjects: a lot of different subjects. Thanks for listening (reading) and I really hope to see you soon. Goodbye now!

Learning tip! To really learn how to use frequency adverbs try writing some similar phrases from the examples I have written above. Don’t make it too complicated. Just change the verb and the noun to practise using different vocabulary. e.g. I rarely read a magazine at the weekend.

Thanks for reading.

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