Adverbs of frequency

1. What is an adverb of frequency?

Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens.

  • I never work on Sundays.
  • I often have a sandwich for lunch.
  • I usually take the train to work.

Here are some examples of adverbs of frequency:

  • always
  • frequently
  • never
  • normally
  • occasionally
  • often
  • rarely
  • regularly
  • seldom
  • sometimes
  • usually
  • weekly
  • yet

2. Where do adverbs of frequency go?

Different adverbs can go in different positions in a sentence. However, the following rules are correct for all adverbs of frequency.

Adverbs can go before the main verb.

Subject Auxiliary Adverb of frequency Verb
We   always go to Spain on holiday
He never returns my phone calls.
She sometimes gets angry.

Adverbs can go after the auxiliary verb.

Subject Auxiliary Adverb of frequency Verb
I have never had a car crash.
He will usually arrive on time.
She can always be  trusted.

or after a form of to be (am, are, is) – (was, were).

Subject Auxiliary Adverb of frequency  
I am never late for work.
My boss is frequently in a bad mood
The children were seldom quiet.

The adverbs normally, occasionally, often, sometimes and usually  can go at the beginning of a sentence.

  • Sometimes I want to change my job.
  • Usually I get up early.

Sometimes these adverbs can go at the end of a sentence.

  • We eat in restaurants occasionally.