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Frequency Adverbs

There is a standard set of adverbs (words that modify verbs) that describe how often something happens, from not at all (never) to all the time (always). Let's see some examples from Yabla English.

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I've never done that in my life.

Caption 70, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four - BBC TV Movie

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I very rarely have a day off.

Caption 11, Ask Jimmy Carter - Another interview with Sharon Stone

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Do you have someone who can ... take the air out of your tires occasionally?

Captions 40-41, Will Smith - Enemy of the State - Part 1

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...I sometimes will write it on a piano.

Caption 27, Bee and Flower - Interview

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Whales feed at depth in waters that are often pitch dark.

Caption 19, Sustainable Human How Whales Change Climate

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I usually leave it to simmer a little bit.

Caption 85, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives - Pam's Trinidadian Caribbean Kitchen

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It is always held in Leicester Square.

Caption 25, In London with Lauren - Piccadilly Circus

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The adverbs are written in bold above in increasing order of frequency: never, rarely, occasionally, sometimes, often, usually, always.

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Further Learning
Search for examples of frequency adverbs on Yabla English to see them used in a real-world context. 

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