Adverb of frequency

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An adverb of frequency basically gives us information about when or how often something happens. They can be divided into two types, with slight differences in use as regards position.

Adverbs of indefinite frequency[edit]

Indefinite adverbs refer to how often something happens.[1]

  • always, ever, frequently, never, normally, occasionally, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, usually,

They normally go in mid-position, i.e. either after auxiliary verbs and be or before other verbs. However, frequently, normally, occasionally, often, sometimes and usually can also go at the beginning or end of a clause.

Adverbs of time and definite frequency[edit]

Definite adverbs refer to when or how often something happens.[1]

  • afterwards, already, before, daily, eventually, every year, finally, last, soon, still, today, weekly, yesterday.

They normally go in end position. However, already, eventually, finally, last and soon can also go in mid-position, whereas still and just can only go in mid-position.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage Oxford University Press 1980 ISBN 0-19-431197 x

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