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Level: ELementary

Age: 10-12 English Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs are words or phrases that modify or describe an adjective,


verb or another adverb.
Adverbs of Frequency answer the question "How often?" or "How
frequently?"
They tell us how often somebody does something.
Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens/is the case,
happened/was the case , will happen/will be the case, etc.
Adverbs of frequency come before the main verb (except the main
verb "to be")
There are lots of them.
Here are some examples:

alwaysconstantly usually often sometimes rarely never


habitually normally frequently occasionally infrequently
chiefly mostly sporadically seldom
predominantly generally repeatedly intermittently
typically commonly spasmodically
continuously largely
regularly

The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence

Subject + adverb + main verb


An adverb of frequency goes before a main verb
(except with To Be).
Subject + to be + adverb
An adverb of frequency goes after the verb To Be.

Subject + auxiliary + adverb + main verb When we use an auxiliary verb (have, will, must, might,
could, would, can, etc.), the adverb is placed between
the auxiliary and the main verb.

For a better understanding of what adverbs are, please answer the


crossword.
An easy crossword with frequency adverbs

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10 11

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ACROSS DOWN

1. We see them _________. 2. He is ______ late.


3. I play tennis _____________ 3. I play tennis _____________
4. Daniel _______ has ice-cream for dessert. 5. I have _____ done that.
6. I have _____ done that. 7. I _______ drive my car to work.
8. _________ they come and stay with us. 11. I _______ drive my car to work.
9. I _______ drive my car to work.
10. John eats meat very ________
12. _________ they come and stay with us.
13. I have _____ done that.

ANSWER KEYS:

1. usually 9. seldom 16. usually


2. often 10. sometimes 17. often
3. always 11. occasionall 18. never
4. sometimes y 19. always
5. rarely 12. always 20. never
6. usually 13. sometimes
7. never 14. often
8. occasionally 15. never