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Frequency adverbs: position

Frequency adverbs: position
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Practise how to put adverbs of frequency in the right place inside the sentence.

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Order these sentences so the adverb of frequency comes in the right position.


These adverbs answer the question: How often?
Here is a list ordered from more to less frequency (percentages are approximative)

ALWAYS (100%)
USUALLY (85%)      = generally, normally
OFTEN (75%)
SOMETIMES (50%)      = now and then
SELDOM (25%)
RARELY (10%)
NEVER (0%)

Word order:

One-word adverbs

Before normal verbs (the rest)
- I OFTEN go to the cinema
- He RARELY watches television
After special verbs (to be, have, do, can, will, etc.)
- I am ALWAYS here
- you can NEVER speak fast o
- I HARDLY EVER watch football on TV
- Tim ALMOST NEVER eats pudding
Notice: Some of these can use VERY (with the same position).
- I VERY OFTEN eat potatoes
- We VERY RARELY go to the beach

Two words or more

At the end of the sentence
- I go to the cinema TWICE A MONTH
- He works in the mornings EVERY OTHER DAY (= every two days)
- He watches football DAY IN, DAY OUT (= every day, every single day)
- We go hiking SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR (= a few times every year)

How many times?
Once = x1
Twice = x2
Three times = x3
Four times, etc. = x4

These frequency phrases usually go at the end:
- You have to ring the bell twice
- I go to the cinema once a month

- Tim goes to school three times a week


get up / I / at 8 a.m. / always
asking me questions / is / always / She
I / never / know / what to say
You / never / can / find / your car keys
Place it in mid-position (not at the beginning or the end)
late / is / John / often
can / never / They / listen
Place it in mid-position (not at the beginning or the end)
pizza / often / eats / Mike / for dinner
oranges / I / hardly ever / eat
go on holiday / almost never / My parents
Place it in mid-position (not at the beginning or the end)
She / dresses / very often / in blue
Place it in mid-position (not at the beginning or the end)
some help with the homework / They / need / usually
am / very tired / Something is the matter with me. I / in the mornings. / usually
Place it in mid-position (not at the beginning or the end)
very often / My parents / to help me / come
to the hairdresser's / I / once a month / usually / go
We / every other day / have / soup
I / usually / go / once a year / to the dentist
day in, day out / I / have to go / shopping
several times a year / breaks down / My car
Begin the sentence with YESTERDAY
she / Yesterday, / twice / me / phoned
saw / it / I / five times
three times a week / to the gym / go / I
need / every other day. / some petrol / I travel a lot. I
Begin the sentence with SHE
listens / rarely / She / when you talk to her
help you / if you need it / rarely / Tom / will
Do / at home? / you / usually / have lunch
How / you / go / often / to the disco? / do
Place it in mid-position (not at the end)
Does / always / Kevin / ? / win
Place it in mid-position (not at the end)
Do / often / feel tired? / you
Place it in mid-position (not at the end)
I / Can / dress / in green? / always
to the gym / go / ? / Do / every day / you
Total number of items: 30

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