The most common frequency adverbs in English are:
|Always||100% of the time|
|Frequency||about 90% of the time|
|Usually||about 80% of the time|
|Often||about 70% of the time|
|Sometimes||about 50% of the time|
|Occasionally||about 40% of the time|
|Seldom||about 20% of the time|
|Rarely||about 10% of the time|
|Never||about 0% of the time|
[wps_note size=”17″ background=”#81DAF5″ color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]Note: The percentages here are rough estimates only.Frequency adverbs can be placed at various points in the sentence, but are most commonly used before the main verbs and after be verbs.[/wps_note]
- I always come to work on time.
- They are seldom home when we call.
- He’s usually eating breakfast at this time.
- She’s never been to Maine.
- A: Do you come here often?
- B: Yes. I’m here occasionally.
- A: What do you usually do here?
- B: Sometimes I just sit and ponder the meaning of life.
[wps_note size=”17″ background=”#81DAF5″ color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]Note: The adverbs seldom, rarely, never and hardly ever are considered negative.[/wps_note]
- A: Do you always carry a briefcase?
- B: (Yes,) I usually do.
- No, I usually don’t.
- No, I rarely do.
- No, I hardly ever do.
Other frequency adverbs and expressions are as follows:
- Every day/week/month
- Every other day/week
- Once a week/month/year
- Twice a year/day, etc.
- (Every) once in a while
- Every so often
These expressions are used at the beginning and end of sentences, not before main verbs.
- Every once in a while I visit my grandmother in Minnesota.
- I visit my grandmother in Minnesota every once in a while.
- I every once in a while visit my grandmother in Minnesota. (Incorrect)
These words can come at various points in the sentence.
- I regularly floss my teeth.
- I floss my teeth regularly.
- Traditionally, that was considered child’s play.
- I normally get up around 6 o’clock.
- Normally, I get up around 6 o’clock.
|Regularly||(according to schedule)|
|Traditionally||(commonly in the past)|