Adverbs of Frequency
CEP 811
Jinny Kim Han
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What are these?
almost never
Choose one!
1.
2.
3.
verbs
adverbs
adjectives
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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!
Those are the adverbs of frequency.
Adverbs are words that modify:
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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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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?
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 himself everyday.
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Do you have any idea how often?
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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
always
100%
sometimes
50%
nearly/almost
always
90%
occasionally
40%
20%
usually
80%
almost ever/
never
very often/
frequently
70%
seldom/
almost never
10%
often
60%
never
0%
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Examples of Frequency Adverbs
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I always brush my teeth in the morning. (100%)
She usually arrives to work on time. (90-99%)
I visit my grandparents frequently. (75-90%)
My dog often sleeps on my bed with me. (75-90%)
Sometimes he eats eggs for breakfast. (25-50%)
I go for a walk in the park occasionally. (25-50%)
We seldom eat 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.
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Andy is an excellent student. He
_____ goes to class.
always
usually
sometimes
seldom
Good job!
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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
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Table of Frequency Adverbs
always
100%
sometimes
50%
nearly/almost
always
90%
occasionally
40%
20%
usually
80%
almost ever/
never
very often/
frequently
70%
seldom/
almost never
10%
often
60%
never
0%
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Eric goes to the gym only two or
three times a year. He ____ goes to
the gym.
always
never
usually
seldom
Good Job!
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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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Adverbs of Frequency answer
The question "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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100% always
usually
frequently
often
50% sometimes
occasionally
rarely
seldom
hardly ever
0%
never
Test your knowledge again.
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Mike goes to the beach whenever he
can. He _____ misses a chance to
go to the ocean.
never
always
usually
Think again!
Read below sentences to understand how each frequency
adverb is used in a sentence:
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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!
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Want more challenges? If you do, you will get
extra credit to complete the quiz below:
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/adverbs-frequency_quiz.htm
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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Positions of frequency adverbs
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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
If the sentence has only one verb in it, we
usually put the adverb in the middle of the
sentence, i.e. after the subject and before
the verb:
subject
Andy
adverb
always
verb
goes
predicate
to school by car.
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Positions of Frequency Adverbs 2
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The adverb usually comes after the
verb "be":
subject
verb
adverb
predicate
Sam
is
frequently
late
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Positions of Frequency Adverbs 3
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If a sentence has more than one verb
in it, the adverb is usually placed
after the first part of the verb:
subject
Verb 1
adverb
Verb 2
predicate
She
doesn’t
usually
drink
wine.
I
will
never
smoke
again.
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Remember!
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With have and used to, the frequency
adverb is usually placed in front.
For example,
We always used to look forward to eating
at the restaurant.
I never has any trouble with my old
computer.
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Positions of Frequency Adverbs 4
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Frequency adverbs can be placed either at
the beginning or end of the sentence.
adverb
subject
Verb 1
predicate
Sometimes
he
goes
to church.
subject
verb
predicate
adverb
He
goes
to church
sometimes.
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Exceptions:
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Always cannot be placed at the beginning or end of
the sentence.
Never, rarely, and seldom cannot 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
differences.
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Positions of Frequency Adverbs 6
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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.)
subject Auxiliary verb adverb verb predicate
I
don’t
often
go
to the movies
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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)
http://www.miguelmllop.com/practice/beginners/grammar/frequencyadverbs1.htm
Grammar exercise on the position of frequency adverbs (10 questions)
http://www.1-language.com/englishcourse/unit23_grammar_exs.htm
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.
Read each sentence below, then decide if the
[Frequency Adverb] goes “before” or “after” the
verb.
 never BEFORE AFTER
I eat green onions.
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always BEFORE AFTER
Eric is happy when he plays with his best friend.
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Try to remember:
Frequency adverbs come before other verbs (play,
sing, learn, work, etc.)
I always help my brother.
Jake usually comes early to school.
Andy and Eric often swim together.
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Try once more!
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Remember this:
Frequency adverbs come after a BE verb (am, is,
are, was, were, etc.).
Andy is always a good student.
Eric is 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!
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~.
Click the link below to take a quiz:
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A test with 10 questions
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/adverbs_of_frequency.htm
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A quiz with 5 questions
http://www.miguelmllop.com/practice/beginners/grammar/frequencyadverbs2.htm
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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Congratulations!
Now you’ve become the EXPERT on Frequency Adverbs!
So far, you have learned:
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What the adverbs of frequency are
What frequency adverbs do
Where each of frequency adverb is placed in
a sentence
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