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How to Teach Adverbs of Frequency in English

Adverbs are an essential part of the language because adverbs represent how a verb is performed. When we describe how often the action is done, we use adverbs of frequency.

What are Adverbs of Frequency?

Adverbs of frequency include words like; constantly, always, frequently, infrequently, intermittently, continually, occasionally, normally, often, periodically, rarely, regularly, seldom, sometimes, etc.

Now a question that comes to your mind is- How to identify and use adverbs in your writing? And how to use them in English sentences? 

In the English language, generally adjectives help us to describe nouns (such as people, animals, objects, places, etc.), adverbs help us to describe verbs. They can tell us how, when, where, or when an action is performed.

For example: 

Jane drives carefully.  [verb] +[adverb] “carefully” describes the action “drives”.


We usually put often, sometimes, usually adverbs in the middle of the sentence, (between the subject and the verb):

  1. We often go to the theater.
  2. Jerry sometimes visits me at home.
  3. We usually go for dinner.

We can also place these adverbs at the very beginning or at the end of the sentence. This makes it stronger:

  1. Often I go to the theater.
  2. I go to the theater often.

Here are some other adverbs we can use to describe ‘how often’.

 All of these longer phrases go at the beginning or end of the sentence but not in the middle.

  • Once in a while- I go to the Zoo once in a while.
  • every now and then- Jerry drinks wine every now and then.
  • From time to time- From time to time I visit my mother’s place.

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