ADVERB OF TIME

ADVERBS THAT TELL US HOW OFTEN

Adverbs that tell us how often express the frequency of an action. They are usually placed before the main verb but after auxiliary verbs (such as be, have, may, & must). The only exception is when the main verb is “to be”, in which case the adverb goes after the main verb

EXAMPLES

.I often eat vegetarian food

.He never drinks milk

.You must always fasten your seat belt

.I am seldom late

.He rarely lies

Many adverbs that express frequency can also be placed at either the beginning or the end of the sentence, although some cannot be. When they are placed in these alternate positions, the meaning of the adverb is much stronger

Weaker position Stronger position Adverb that can be used in two positions

.I frequently visit France

.I generally don’t like spicy foods

.I normally listen to classical music

.I occasionally go to the opera

.I often jog in the morning

regularly come to this museum

.I sometimes get up very early

.I usually enjoy being with children

.I visit France frequently

.Generally, I don’t like  spicy foods

I listen to classical music normally

I go to the opera occasionally

.Often, I jog in the morning

.I com to the museum regularly

.I get up very early sometimes

.I enjoy being with children usually

frequently

generally

normally

occasionally

often

regularly

sometimes

usually

Some other adverbs that tell us how often express the exact number of times an action happens or happened. These adverbs are usually placed at the end of the sentence

EXAMPLES

.This magazine is published monthly

.He visits his mother once a week

.I work five days a week

.I saw the movie seven times

USING YET

Yet is used in questions and in negative sentences to indicate that something that has not happened or may not have happened but is expected to happen. It is placed at the end of the sentence or after not

EXAMPLES

(Have you finished your work yet? (= simple request for information

(No, not yet. (= simple negative answer

(They haven’t met him yet. (= simple negative statement

(Haven’t you finished yet? (= expressing surprise

USING STILL

Still expresses continuity. In positive sentences it is placed before the main verb and after auxiliary verbs such as be, have, might, will. If the main verb is to be, then place still after it rather than before. In questions, still goes before the main verb

EXAMPLES

.She is still waiting for you

.Jim might still want some

?Do you still work for the BBC

?Are you still here

.I am still hungry

ORDER OF ADVERBS OF TIME

:If you need to use more than one adverb of time in a sentence, use them in this order

  1. how long
  2. how often
  3. when
EXAMPLES

.I work (1) for five hours (2every day

.The magazine was published (2) weekly (3last year

. I was abroad (1) for two months (3last year

.She worked in a hospital (1) for two days (2every week (3last year

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ADVERBS OF TIME