Exercise 3

Rewrite the sentences using the adverbs of frequency or the expressions of frequency in the correct position.

1 She has a shower in the morning. (always) ⇒ She .

2 Where do you go running? (usually) ⇒ Where ?

3 She is full of energy. (always) ⇒ She .

4 My parents approve of my friends. (hardly ever) ⇒ My parents .

5 I listen to the radio. (every night) ⇒ I .

6 He is strict with his students. (sometimes) ⇒ He .

7 I don't ask for help when I need it. (usually) ⇒ I when I need it.

8 He is late for school. (never) ⇒ He .

9 You make mistakes. (often) ⇒ You .

10 I meditate. (usually/twice a day) ⇒ I .



Adverbs of frequency

We use adverbs of frequency with the present simple to talk about how often something happens.
Adverbs of frequency

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Adverbs of frequency go before the verb, but after the verb be.

In negative sentences the adverb of frequency goes after don’t/doesn’t:

  • We don’t often go to bed late.
  • He doesn’t always agree with me.  

In questions, adverbs of frequency go after the subject.

  • Is he always late?
  • Do they often go to the library?


never/hardly ever

The adverbs never and hardly ever (=almost never) have a negative meaning, but they are used with a positive verb:

  • He is never late. (NOT He isn’t never late.)
  • They hardly ever go to the library. (NOT They don’t hardly ever go to the library.)


Expressions of frequency

There are other expressions that we use to talk about frequency: once a day, twice a week, three times a month, every day, etc. These expressions are longer (2 words or more) and they go at the end of the sentence.

  • I brush my teeth three times a day
  • I see her every day