Adverbs of frequency: How to use them and where they go in a sentence
Welcome to BBC Learning English. I'm Sam and today we're going to look at adverbs of frequency. You know these! Always, sometimes, never. But where do they go in a sentence?
Look at always in this sentence. Does it come before or after the verb?
Helen always starts work at seven.
The verb is 'starts' and always comes before - rule number one.
Next sentence: Helen isn't always happy about this.
The verb is 'is' and always was after - rule number two
Last sentence: Helen has always hated early starts.
Trick question! There was an auxiliary verb 'has' and a main verb 'hated' and always went after the auxiliary verb - rule number three