CIP Online English Learning - Adverb of Frequency

Adverb of Frequency

Teacher Christine

Adverb of frequency describes how often something happens. There are different adverbs of frequency that we use in English : 

  1. always, usually (or normally), often, sometimes, rarely, and never.
  2. Daily, weekly, yearly

As you can see there is a difference between the two-letter an example and a letter b example. Also, we separate them into two groups because they normally go in different positions in the sentence.

  1. The words in letter a shows indefinite frequency. These frequencies don’t specify an exact time frame. They occur in the middle of the sentence. Where exactly it is placed depends on the type of verbs in the sentence. There are three possible places:
  • Between the subject and the main verb UNLESS the verb is a form of be: is, am, are, was, were.

Examples: She always likes to meet her friends.

The teacher never shouts at her students.

They sometimes go to the amusement park.

  • After the be verb form:

Examples: She is always kind to others.

Ben is never late.

We are often tired at work.

  1. The words in letter b are what we call definite frequency. There are other examples of these. Some are once a month, every month, and every other month. In each one, a month can be replaced with hour, day, week, or year. There are actually 4 types:
  • number + “times” + “a” + period of time

Example: She goes to Australia six times a year.

They visit their hometown four times a month.

If the number of times is one, then we say “ once ” (not “one time”)

Example: I send a report once a month.

If the number of times is two, then we say “twice” (not “two times”)

Example: I eat chocolates twice a day.

  • “every” + period of time

Example: We have two days’ rest every week.

Ian goes to work every day.

  • “on” + day of the week

Example: We go to church on Sundays.

The managers have a meeting on Tuesdays.

  • The final type are:
  • Hourly
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Yearly


These adverbs go at the end of the sentence, after the verb and after the object if there is an object.

  1. My company pays me weekly.
  2. I take a bath daily.

 Periods of time:

  • second
  • minute
  • hour
  • day
  • week
  • fortnight
  • month
  • year
  • morning
  • evening
  • night
  • Weekend

 Days of the week in English:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday