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Learn English: 8 useful adverbs to use when talking about your daily routine

Talking about your daily routine
Talking about your daily routine.
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Adverbs of frequency are words that tell us how often something happens. Read on to learn more about how to use adverbs like 'sometimes', ''usually' and 'never'.

Adverbs of frequency can be quite useful when you are talking about your daily routine. Using adverbs helps your communication skills. It also helps the listener you are speaking understand you better.

Take a look at these sentences below:

"I am late for meetings."

"I am sometimes late for meetings."

You can see the difference in the two sentences. An adverb is not used in the first sentence and because of that, you can be led to think that the person is late for a meeting every day.

But when you use the adverb ‘sometimes’, you can understand how often the person is late for the meeting.

Here are some commonly used adverbs of frequency:

  • Always
  • Often
  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Occasionally 
  • Rarely
  • Seldom
  • Never

Here are some rules to note when we use these adverbs:

  • We usually put adverbs of frequency in front of the main verb

“I always get up in the morning and go to the gym.” (adverb: always)

“She usually wakes up at 8am.” (adverb: usually) 

“They rarely eat at that restaurant.” (adverb: rarely) 

“We occasionally take a walk in the park.” (adverb: occasionally)

  • These adverbs come after the verb ‘to be’

     

“I am often late to my fitness class.” (adverb: often)

“He is sometimes tired after attending meetings.” (adverb: sometimes)

“My dog is never sad.” (adverb: never)

  • Adverbs of frequency can go between a modal and main verb

“They can sometimes help out if they are free.” (adverb: sometimes)

“I should always put on sunscreen.” (adverb: always)

  • Note that with negative adverbs like ‘rarely’, ‘seldom’ and ‘never’, they cannot be used in negative sentences. This is because this will result in a double negative.

"It isn’t never cloudy." (wrong)

"It is never cloudy." (correct)

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