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Frequency adverbs: position

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

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Instructions

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

FREQUENCY ADVERBS

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

ALWAYS (100%)
FREQUENTLY (90%)
USUALLY (85%)      = generally, normally
OFTEN (75%)
SOMETIMES (50%)      = now and then
OCCASIONALLY (35%)
SELDOM (25%)
RARELY (10%)
HARDLY EVER (5%)
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
exceptions:
- 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

Items

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

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