Adverbs of frequency are words like always, sometimes and never . We use them to tell how often something happens.
Except for “hardly ever”, English adverbs of frequency consist of a single word. But how do you know which one to use each time? That depends on the level of regularity you want to convey.
Adverbs of Frequency and expressions List
|Frequency||Adverb of Frequency||Example Sentence|
|100%||always||I always run in the mornings.|
|90%||usually||I usually take the bus to work|
|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.|
We can also use the following expressions when we want to be more specific about the frequency:
- every day
- once a month
- twice a year
- four times a day
- every other week
I play tennis twice a week.
I play tennis once a week.
Every Monday I have a gym