Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of indefinite Frequency / Adverbs of Definite Frequency

Adverbs of Definite frequency

Some adverbs and adverb expressions can be used to describe a specific frequency

Adverb

Example

Hourly

The Bus service to the airport is hourly

Daily/Nightly

The Times is a daily newspaper

Weekly

He has a weekly radio show every Friday

Fortnightly

Our magazine is published fortnightly

Monthly

Our monthly electricity bills are more expensive in winter

Quarterly

The Quarterly report makes for grim reading

Annually

The Oscars are awarded annually

Adverbial Expression

Example

Every minute/hour/morning/afternoon/day/week etc.

Once/twice an hour/a day/a week/a month etc.

I have breakfast every morning at 7am

The bookclub meets once a month to review a novel

Three/Four etc. times an hour/a day/a week etc.

I run 5km three times a week to stay fit

Every other day/week/month/year

The magazine is published fortnightly, so it is printed every other week

Adverbs of definite frequency are commonly used in response to the question "How often.....?"

Structures

Adverbs of definite frequency are commonly used in response to the question "How often.....?"

  • Subject + Adverb + Verb

                          

                           If the cinema is closed what will you do?

                           I will have a party on Saturday instead!

Adverbs of frequency come after To Be:

  • Subject +To Be + Adverb

                          

                       Well the box office tell me the cinema is closed

                       That's ok, I'm going to have a party on Saturday

To Be can be used as an auxiliary verb. Adverbs of frequency are placed between the auxiliary or modal verb and the action verb.

  • Subject + auxiliary + adverb + main verb

                          

             I'm having a party on Saturday, I have booked the                     room, bought the drinks and paid the DJ

                      

Some adverbs of frequency can be used at the start of a sentence:

But the following adverbs of frequency are not used at the start of sentences: 

(Hardly) Ever & Never

  • We use hardly ever and never with positive, not negative verbs:

                          

             I'm having a party on Saturday, I have booked the                     room, bought the drinks and paid the DJ

  • We use ever in questions and negative statements:

                          

             I'm having a party on Saturday, I have booked the                     room, bought the drinks and paid the DJ

  • Usually, normally, often, frequently, sometimes, occasionally

                          

             I'm having a party on Saturday, I have booked the                     room, bought the drinks and paid the DJ

                      

  • Always, seldom, rarely, hardly, ever, never

                          

             I'm having a party on Saturday, I have booked the                     room, bought the drinks and paid the DJ

                      

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