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