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English Grammar


Where to place adverbs and expressions of frequency

  • Adverbs such as always, already, ever, never, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, still, usually, generally, regularly, are placed as follows in sentences :

    • after the verb BE:
      • Charlie is always late for appointments.
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      • Junk food is never recommended.
      • Family reunions are usually noisy events.

    • before other verbs :
      • Tom sometimes takes the bus to work.
      • Some people never buy books.
      • Sophie regularly meets her friends for lunch.
      • Young people today often spend a lot of time on social media.

    • between two verbs :
      or after the first verb if there are more than two :
      • Julie has never travelled by plane. She's scared!.
      • We should never have accepted the invitation.
      • You can always change your password later.
      • I would never have thought that was possible.

    • Except if the second verb is an infinitive :
      • Charlie often needs to ask for advice.
      • Alex rarely accepts to join the group.
      • We generally try to eat homemade food.
Frequency Phrases and Expressions
  • Frequency phrases such as 'every day', 'once in a while', etc. go at the beginning or at the end of sentences.

    • I wash my hair every day.
    • Once a month I go to the hairdresser's to have it cut.
    • Once in a while I am tempted to change the colour.
    • Every now and then I meeet my friends for lunch.
    • My cousin Charlie drops in to say hello every now and again.
    • My husband dresses casually but he wears a suit from time to time.

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