Adverbs of frequency in English

Where do adverbs of frequency go?

Adverbs of frequency show you how often something happens. This can be always = 100%, or never = 0%.

  • always
  • usually
  • regularly
  • normally
  • often
  • sometimes
  • occasionally
  • rarely
  • seldom
  • never

These adverbs can go before the main verb.

Subject Auxiliary Adverb of frequency Verb Rest
I   always get up at 6.45.
Peter can usually play football on Sundays.
Mandy has sometimes got lots of homework.

or after a form of to be (am, are, is) - (was, were).

Subject Auxiliary Adverb of frequency Rest
Susan is never late.

The adverbs often, usually, sometimes and occasionally can go at the beginning of a sentence.

  • Sometimes I go swimming.
  • Often we surf the internet.

Sometimes these adverbs can go at the end of a sentence.

  • We read books occasionally.