Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency are words that tell us how regularly something happens. 
We can imagine these words on a scale from zero, meaning never, to 100%, meaning always.

0% ——– ——— ——— ——— ——— 50% ——— ——— ——— –——- –——- 100%
never, rarely, seldom, sometimes, occasionally, often, usually, almost always, always

subject + adverb of frequency + verb
Negative: subject + do/does + not + adverb of frequency + verb
Question: Do/Does + subject + adverb of frequency + verb?

  • Always means 100% of the time.
    She always eats breakfast in the morning.


  • Usually and often are synonyms that both mean most of the time.
    He usually goes to bed early.
    They often visit their friends at the weekends.


  • Sometimes and occasionally are synonyms that mean a small number of times.
    I sometimes go to the cinema on Fridays.
    They occasionally treat themselves to a Chinese takeaway.


  • Rarely and seldom both mean something that happens very few times.
    He rarely sees his old school friends.
    Kristina, the English teacher, seldom shouted.


  • Never means 0% of the time; something that doesn’t happen at all.
    She never forgets her daughter’s birthday.

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