How do I use the Present Simple and Frequency Adverbs (usually, sometimes, often etc.)?

We use frequency adverbs like sometimes or usually with the present tense explain how often things happen.

What are the frequency adverbs?

The actual frequency of adverbs can be seen below:

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Always Usually/Normall-y Often/Fr-equently Sometim-es Occasion-ally Seldom Hardly ever/ Rarely Never

6 Examples of Frequency adverbs

When we use frequency adverbs with the present simple, the adverb comes before the main verb in the sentence:

  • I always eat a lot of vegetables.
  • We usually visit my parents every weekend.
  • I sometimes go to the gym. (also: Sometimes I go to the gym).
  • I seldom finish work before 6 pm.
  • I rarely read newspapers any more.
  • I never eat chocolate.


BUT in some cases with the verb to be, they come after the verb:

  • I am usually late for school.
  • You are never on time.

If you put them at the beginning or end of a sentence, this adds emphasis:

  • Usually, I am late for school.
  • I am late for school usually.