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Adverbs of frequency can be divided into two groups: (1) those with the idea of definite frequency, such as everyday, annually, twice week, etc. (2) those with the idea of indefinite frequency, such as always, rarely, never, etc.

Adverbs of frequency can be divided into two groups: (1) those with the idea of definite frequency, such as everyday, annually, twice week, etc. (2) those with the idea of indefinite frequency, such as always, rarely, never, etc.

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PATTERNS TO REMEMBER

Definite frequency adverbs usually

go at the beginning or end of the

sentence or clause.

INCORRECT [The manager checks

every day the production levels.]

CORRECT The manager checks the

production levels every day.



Indefinite frequency adverbs

come after the verb be.

INCORRECT [He usually is

very friendly.]

CORRECT He is usually

very friendly.



Indefinite frequency adverbs precede all

other verbs, or, if the verb is preceded by

an auxiliary, they go after the first

auxiliary.

INCORRECT [This flight leaves always on

time.]

CORRECT This flight always leaves on

time.

INCORRECT [I would have never said

that to her.]

CORRECT I would never have said that to

her.



Be ware of the subtle

differences in the meanings of

the various adverbs.

INCORRECT [There is yet

time to correct that error.]

CORRECT There is still time

to correct that error.



Certain indefinite frequency

adverbs can go at the beginning or

end of a sentence or clause. These

include: frequently, generally,

occasionally, sometimes, and

usually.

INCORRECT [Always I eat lunch

in the office.]

CORRECT Usually I eat lunch in

the office.



1.Ms. Buta is ….. an

accountant.

(A) ever

(B) already

(C) yet

(D) often



2. Mr. Thomas ….. in his

calculations.

(A) seldom has erred

(B) has erred seldomly

(C) has seldom erred

(D) has seldomly erred



3. Production levels have …..

been this high before.

(A) still

(B) never

(C) yet

(D) every month



4. If they …. on an agenda, we

must postpone the meeting.

(A) have yet agreed

(B) still have not agreed

(C) already are agreeing

(D) occasionally agree



5. Research and development

funds are being reduced …..

because of budget cutbacks.

(A) every year

(B) never

(C) still

(D) always



6. ….. the right to limit

quantities on all items.

(A) Daily reserve

(B) Reserve often

(C) Always reserve

(D) Reserve generally



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Adverbs of frequency can be divided into two groups: (1) those with the idea of definite frequency, such as everyday, annually, twice week, etc. (2) those with the idea of indefinite frequency, such as always, rarely, never, etc.

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