We use some adverbs to describe how frequently we do an activity.
These are called adverbs of frequency and include:
|Frequency||Adverb of Frequency||Example Sentence|
|100%||always||I always go to bed before 11pm.|
|90%||usually||I usually have cereal for breakfast.|
|80%||normally / generally||I normally go to the gym.|
|70%||often* / frequently||I often surf the internet.|
|50%||sometimes||I sometimes forget my wife's birthday.|
|30%||occasionally||I occasionally eat junk food.|
|10%||seldom||I seldom read the newspaper.|
|5%||hardly ever / rarely||I hardly ever drink alcohol.|
|0%||never||I never swim in the sea.|
* Some people pronounce the 'T' in often but many others do not.
The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence
An adverb of frequency goes before a main verb (except with To Be).
|Subject + adverb + main verb|
|I always remember to do my homework.|
|He normally gets good marks in exams.|
An adverb of frequency goes after the verb To Be.
|Subject + to be + adverb|
|They are never pleased to see me.|
|She isn't usually bad tempered.|