Adverbs of frequency describe how often we do things or how often things happen.
The most common examples are: always, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, hardly ever, seldom, rarely, never.
- Before the verb: The bus always leaves at 0800.
- Between two auxiliary verbs: I could always eat more chocolate cake.
- At the start for emphasis: Sometimes my wife drives me crazy!
Be careful of negative adverbs of frequency which are used at the start of a sentence. In this case you need to use an auxiliary verb after the adverb. Here are some useful examples:
- Rarely do I eat pasta.
- Never have I been so embarrassed.
- Seldom is my car cleaned.
How often do you use adverbs of frequency?