ADVERBS of FREQUENCY
1. always, continuously, frequently, occasionally, often, once,
twice, periodically, repeatedly usually, etc.
2. Ever, never, rarely, seldom, hardly ever
Adverbs in both the above groups are normally placed next to
A. They are placed after the simple tenses of TO BE :
He is always in time for meals.
B. But before the simple tense of all other verbs :
They sometimes stay up all night.
C. With tenses consisting more than one verb, they are
placed after the first auxiliary
1. He can never understand.
2. You have often been told about that.
3. Have you ever ridden a camel ?
1. USED TO and HAVE TO prefer the adverb in front of them :
You hardly ever have to remind him. He always remembers.
2. Frequency adverbs are often placed before the auxiliary
when these are used alone, in additions to remark, or
in answer to questions.
1. Can you park your car near the shops? Yes, I usually can.
2. He expects me to be ready when he comes, but I very
3. I know I should take exercise, but I never do.
D. Adverbs in group 1 above can be put at the beginning or
end of a sentence or clause.
always which can be placed at the end but is rarely found at
the beginning of a sentence or clause.
Often can be placed at the beginning, but if put at the end
normally requires very or quite :
Often he walked – He walked quite often.
Adverb of frequency in group 2 can be put at the beginning
of a sentence but inversion form is needed
1. Never have I seen such a beautiful girl like her.
2. Hardly ever did he give a lot of assignment.