English Course for Beginners - CEFR A1 - Lesson 20 of 25

Adverbs of Frequency

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

Conversation 1

Man: What do you do on the weekend?
Woman: I usually stay home, but sometimes I go out.
Man: Oh, where do you go?
Woman: Sometimes I go to the beach. Sometimes I go to the park.
Man: I often go there too. Do you ever go to the lake?
Woman: No, very rarely. It is too far from my house.

Conversation 2

Man: What do you usually have for dinner?
Woman: I try to eat healthy, so I usually cook vegetables.
Man: Really. What kind of stuff do you make?
Woman: Sometimes I make soups. Sometimes I make stir-fry.
Man: Stir-fry! That”s not very healthy.
Woman: I know, but I don't eat it often.

Conversation 3

Woman: Do you take the bus to work?
Man: No, I never take the bus. I always drive.
Woman: Yeah, it's so much easier to drive.
Man: Do you drive to work?
Woman: Actually, I rarely drive. I usually walk to work. I live near the office.
Man: Lucky you!

Conversation 4

Man: Do you ever go to the movies?
Woman: I rarely do. It is too expensive. Do you?
Man: No, not often. I usually rent DVDs.
Woman: Really? I never do that. I usually stream movies.
Man: Nice. Do you have fast Internet?
Woman: Yeah, usually it is fast, but sometimes it’s slow.

Adverbs of Frequency

Point 1: We use adverbs of frequency to show how often we do something.

  1. I always have coffee in the morning.
  2. I usually eat dinner at home.
  3. I sometimes eat at restaurants.
  4. I never drink alcohol.

Point 2: Adverbs of time and relative strength.

  1. Always (100%)
  2. Almost always
  3. Usually
  4. Often
  5. Sometimes
  6. Hardly ever / Rarely
  7. Almost never
  8. Never (0%)

Point 3: Adverbs of time can be used immediately in front of the verb.

  1. Thomas almost always paints in the evening.
  2. She usually gets to work early.
  3. We hardly ever rent movies.
  4. I never stay out late.

Point 4: Sometimes, usually and often can go before the subject or at the end of the verb phrase.

  1. Usually, I read before bed.
  2. I read before bed usually.
  3. Often I go there.
  4. I go there often.
  5. Sometimes, I play tennis at night.
  6. I play tennis at night sometimes.
Answer these questions about the interview.

Gap Fill: Complete the conversation with the correct word!


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