Adverbs of Frequency, 1

in Positive Sentences, I


Adverbs of frequency are words that say how often something is done. They commonly occur in present simple sentences since they express habits and routines.


Frequency Adverb
100% always
98% almost always
85% usually, normally, regularly
75% frequently, typically
66% often
25%-33% sometimes
10% occasionally
5% seldom, rarely
2% hardly ever, almost never
O% never


Present Simple Positive: I, We, You, They

(+) I/We/You/They
Jack and Jill/The seals + adv of freq + verb-1.
Your men/Her clients

Note: Usually, normally, sometimes, and occasionally can also come in the front or end of a sentence.
• I almost always take a bath after work.
• Their gadgets last ten years or more usually.
Sometimes the students ask the professor very tough questions.

Present Simple Positive with She, He, It

(+) She/He/It
Rosa/Our economy + adv of freq + (verb-1)-s/es/ies.
His rival/The author

• Daphne’s boyfriend lies occasionally.
• The chief scientist often strolls in the woods by himself.
Normally the consultant’s advice saves them money.



Respond to the Following Statements

Respond with that’s true, that’s false/not true, I agree, I disagree, yes, no, yes and no, maybe, sometimes, not always, in the middle, it depends, perhaps, in a way.

Make any necessary changes or “corrections”. Say why and give examples.
Usually. I usually wake up at the same time (for example, 6:00 am) every day.

Almost Always.
My friend (or mother, son, girlfriend) almost always calls, text, message or e-mail me in the evening; or I almost always call, text, message or e-mail my friend (or uncle, daughter, husband) in the afternoon.

People always take off their outdoor shoes when entering homes.

In my city, people frequently skip breakfast; they frequently don’t eat breakfast.

My colleagues or classmates normally take the bus, tram, subway or train to work or school.

Employees typically dislike their bosses. Company bosses are typically mean and angry.






Smart people are usually rich and successful, and rich and successful people are usually very smart.

My neighbor often listens to very loud music.

I sometimes see my friend in the city center. Sometimes, I unexpectedly run into (meet) my friend.

Middle-aged people in my community always wear nice, new clothes.

People rarely read books and newspapers nowadays.

I occasionally see people talking to themselves

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