Position Of Frequency Adverbs


Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens. Examples are: often, never, always, sometimes, generally, usually, seldom, rarely, ever, hardly ever, frequently etc.

Adverbs of frequency are usually placed:

a) before the principal verb
b) After the verb be (is, am, are, was and were)
c) Between the auxiliary verb and the principal verb
d) Before used to and have to

Before the principal verb

Structure: subject + adverb + verb + object etc.

After the verb be

Structure: subject + be + adverb + complement etc.

Between the auxiliary verb and the principal verb

Structure: subject + auxiliary verb + adverb + verb + object etc.

Before used to and have to

Used to and have to are always placed after the adverbs.

Note: When the auxiliaries are to be stressed, they are sometimes put after the adverbs.