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Adverbs of frequency
A. 1. Look at these sentences about Margaret:

• She has breakfast every day in the morning.


• She plays handball three times a week.
• She goes to the theatre once every two months
• She doesn’t go to work. She goes to school.

2. We can also say:

• She always has breakfast in the morning.


• She often plays handball.
• She sometimes goes to the theatre.
• She never goes to work.

3. We use the adverbs of frequency to tell how often we do things.

These examples will help you with where to place the adverb.
• Peter is always on time to school. • He often plays basketball after school.
• He has never been to France. • He sometimes takes his dog for a walk.

4. We put the adverbs after the verb ________________________and after auxiliary verbs.

But we put the adverbs before ________________________verbs.

B. 1. How frequently does Sean do things? Look at the chart and complete the following sentences:

a) Get up early in the morning. Every day

b) Watch TV in the evening. Almost every day

c) Go swimming after school. Twice a week

d) Read a newspaper. From time to time

e) Travel abroad. Twice a year

f) Feel unhappy. 0

a) Sean ________________________gets up early.

b) He ________________________watches TV in the evening.

c) He ________________________goes swimming after school.

d) He ________________________reads a newspaper.

e) He ________________________travels abroad.

f) He ________________________feels unhappy.
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2. Put the adverbs in the right place in the sentence:


a) George gets up early. (never)
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b) Peter and Mary swim after school. (always)
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c) My sister does her homework during her break. (usually)
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d) My father buys the newspaper on Sundays. (often)
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e) I take a taxi. (rarely)
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f) My young brother watches TV after doing his homework. (sometimes)
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3. Rewrite the sentences including the words in brackets:


a) I don´t have to work on Saturdays. (usually)
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b) George listens to the radio. (often)
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c) Margaret is very generous. (always)
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d) Our TV set breaks down. (sometimes)
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e) The baby cries during the night. (rarely)
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f) Mary can remember my name. (never)
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4. Are the adverbs in the right position? Correct the wrong ones.
a) I have a good photographic memory but I always forget names.
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b) Tom gets often very angry.
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c) I usually am very tired after a day at the office.
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d) I never take a bath after dinner, only in the morning.
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e) Peter loses rarely his car keys.
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f) My parents have always lived in Figueira da Foz.
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