ADVERBS OF FREQUENCY
Adverbs of frequency can be
divided into two groups:
Adverbs of definite frequency,
such as every day, annually, twice
a week, etc., and Adverbs of
indefinite frequency, such as
always, rarely, never, etc.
STRATEGIES FOR ADVERB OF
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:
Are you sure of the position of the
adverb? Is there a definite frequency
adverb? If so, remember that they usually
go at the beginning or the end of the
INCORRECT [Mr. Escobar walks every
day to work.]
CORRECT Mr. Escobar walks to work
1. Mr. Tien teaches
listening skill twice a
2. Everyday I walk to
Are you sure of the position of the adverb?
Is there an indefinite frequency adverb? If so,
there are three possibilities to remember: the
adverb goes after be (He is always busy.); the
adverb goes before all other simple verbs (lie
always eats lunch.); the adverb goes between
the first auxiliary and the main verb in a
complex verb form (He has always liked
INCORRECT [He always is working late.]
CORRECT He is always working late.
1. Mr. Tien is sometimes
late for class
2. Mr. Tien often speaks in
3. (He has always liked
Do you understand the finer meanings
of the adverbs? Is the sentence logical?
INCORRECT There is yet time before
the seminar begins.]
CORRECT There is still time before the
1. Mr. Lee is never sick and
comes in on time ...... .
(D) every day
2. The supervisor ...... tries to
(C) every day
Fair (to/on sb) (n) acceptable
and appropriate in a
particular situation: a fair
wage/ price/ question. The
punishment was very fair.
3. Our department has ......
been this productive before.
4. Ms. Carver ...... late since
she was promoted.
(A) has been rarely
(B) has rarely been
(C) rarely has been
(D) rarely been
5. Our boss gives all of the
bonuses ...... .
6. We have ...... pre-registered
for the conference.
7. Mr. Kim ...... calls in the
8. The boss treats everybody
to lunch ...... .
(B) on occasion
On occasion(s) sometimes but
Ex: He has been known on
occasion to lose his temper.
9. We’re ...... waiting for a fax
from the head office.
(C) every day
10. The Sales Department
holds a meeting ...... .