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    Question about frequency adverbs

    Hello I was just wondering.

    I always don't eat breakfast.
    I don't ever eat breakfast.

    Why is don't before the adverb in the second sentence and the after in the first?


    Also..

    My roommates always isn't home in the evening.
    My roommates are hardly ever home in the evening.

    How come in the second example I need to add "are"?

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    Re: Question about frequency adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by frankjohnli View Post
    I always don't eat breakfast.
    I don't ever eat breakfast.
    For the first one, say:
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    I don't always eat breakfast.

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    Re: Question about frequency adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by frankjohnli View Post
    My roommates always isn't home in the evening.
    My roommates are hardly ever home in the evening.

    How come in the second example I need to add "are"?
    It should be "are" in both cases. (Plural verb with plural subject.)

    For the first sentence, say:
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    My roommates are hardly ever home in the evening.



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    Wink Re: Question about frequency adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by frankjohnli View Post
    Hello I was just wondering.

    I always don't eat breakfast. incorrect
    I don't always eat breakfast. correct
    I don't ever eat breakfast. correct

    Why is don't before the adverb in the second sentence and the after in the first?


    Also..

    My roommates always isn't home in the evening. incorrect
    My roommates aren't always home in the evening. Correct
    My roommates are hardly ever home in the evening. Correct

    Adverbs of frequency come after the verb "to be" and before all other verbs in the present simple.

    How come in the second example I need to add "are"?
    Are is a verb and every sentence needs one. Also your subject is plural so your verb must be.

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    Re: Question about frequency adverbs

    Okay thanks.

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