Adverb of Frequency

Adverb of Frequency

Adverb of Frequency

        After learning about Types or Kinds of Adverb, now let’s learn about one kind of adverb. It is about Adverb of Frequency. In this session we will discuss about the function, the percentage meaning and the examples of Adverb of Frequency. 

Below is the material of Adverb of Frequency:

        An adverb of frequency is used to tell us how often something is done or happens. Words used as adverbs of frequency include again, almost, always, ever, frequently, generally, hardly ever, nearly, nearly always, never, occasionally, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, twice, once, usually, and weekly, etc.

        From the function above we can conclude that Adverb of Frequency is used to answer the question “how often”.


  • How often have you gone to Surabaya? I have gone there only once.
  • How often do you study English in a week? I study English twice in a week.

Frequency meaning of these adverbs can be shown as the following table

Adverb of frequency

Percentage meaning

Always, every day, daily, almost 100%
Usually, normally, generally 80%
Often, frequently 60%
Sometimes, occasionally 50-40%
Seldom 20%
Rarely, hardly ever 10%
Never 0%


  • They always do their homework at night.
  • We sometimes go to the cinema at the weekend.
  • They were almost fifty when they got married.
  • He hardly ever says something nice to his wife.
  • While overseas, he frequently phoned home.
  • She is not nearly always right although she thinks she is always right.
  • He complained that she never smiled back.
  • We only write to each other very occasionally.
  • Peter seldom reads the Bible.
  • Sometimes he stays late in the office to complete his work.
  • Our cat was bitten twice by the same dog.
  • The man usually proposes marriage.

        That’s all about the material we can share for this occasion. We hope the article above can improve our English, especially our understanding about grammar focus. (also read : USUALLY VS USED TO)

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