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    Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs in negative sentences)

    Hi teachers,
    Could you rephrase these explanations in one? Neither of them sound good to me.
    a) We only use the adverbs of frequency always, usually, and often with a negative verb in a negative sentence.
    b) We only use the adverbs of frequency always, usually, and often in negative sentences.
    What I'm trying to say here, is that we can't use all the adverbs in simple present with the verb in negative only the ones I have mentioned.


    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    a) We use only the adverbs of frequency always, usually, and often with a negative verb in a negative sentence.
    b) We use only the adverbs of frequency always, usually, and often in negative sentences.
    I have moved to only to the 'correct' position, but many native speakers would use it where you did initially.

    ps. We do use other adverbs of frequency in negative sentences, for example, normally, regularly.

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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I have moved to only to the 'correct' position, but many native speakers would use it where you did initially.

    ps. We do use other adverbs of frequency in negative sentences, for example, normally, regularly.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply and suggestion. Both definitions are fine then, aren't they?
    One more question to go please. Aside from 'normally' and 'regularly', are there any other adverbs that can be used in negative sentences with the verb in negative?

    Thanks

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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Both definitions are fine then, aren't they?
    I would consider putting 'indefinite' in front of 'frequency'.
    One more question to go please. Aside from 'normally' and 'regularly', are there any other adverbs that can be used in negative sentences with the verb in negative? frequently, constantly, routinely.
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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs in negative sentence

    The thing is that I have given my students the ' Common Adverbs of Frequency'
    they have in a chart these ones:
    Always, Usually, Often Frequently, Sometimes, Seldom, Rarely, and Never.

    Then I give them this explanation:
    Important
    We only use the adverbs of frequency always, usually, and often in negative sentences.

    Since it is incorrect because there are other ones that can be used in negative too.
    I should rephrase the explanation by saying:
    Important
    According to the adverbs given we only use the adverbs of frequency always, usually, and often in negative sentences.

    Does it make more sense now? Is there a better one?

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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
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    Hi,
    Thank you. So there are 5 in total.
    Sorry I've added a new question while you were probably writing your reply.

    This one should be the definitive explanation according to me. Do you agree?
    According to the adverbs given we use only the adverbs of frequency always, usually, frequently, and often in negative sentences.


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    Last edited by learning54; 15-Feb-2012 at 19:12.

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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    So there are 5 in total.
    !

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    Re: Please rephrase this. (explanation on some frequency adverbs)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    !
    I know it is quite obvious what I wrote

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