Adverbs of frequency – word order

Adverbs of frequency:
always, never, usually, sometimes, rarely, seldom, often, occasionally, ever.

Here are the rules for the position of these adverbs in a sentence.

Adverbs of frequency: word order, position
An adverb of frequency can go:
before the main verb
He always goes to work by bus.
They never go on holiday in winter.
after the verb be John is often absent from lessons.
They were usually on time.
after modal verbs should, can, could, etc. You should always turn the electricity off.
My boss can never remember my name.
Sometimes and occasionally can go in the front, middle or end position of a sentence. Sometimes she is late.
She is sometimes late.
She is late sometimes.

3 Comments

  1. bec - November 26, 2016, 4:34 pm Reply

    but what about MEASURABLE frequency adverbs?
    DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY etc!

    • Anonymous - June 21, 2018, 5:50 pm Reply

      They go at the end of the sentence.
      For example, “Trixie showers daily”

      In complex sentences, they can be at the end of the dependent clause (e.g. “The boy who showers biannually doesn’t have a lot of friends. “) at the end of the main clause (e.g. “The boy who doesn’t have a lot of friends showers biannually.”

  2. Beam - August 2, 2017, 2:12 pm Reply

    What about frequently where should I put it?
    Which one is better between put in the middle of the sentence or at the end ?

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