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    Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    Hi i am a newbie and nice to meet everyone here, can you explain to me what is different about adverbs of frequency, i completely understand all the meaning of these adverbs but i really got confuse when using them, it is not a big problem in speaking but it makes me crazy when doing with exercises, can you show me exactly where should i put them in right location.
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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh View Post
    Hi I am a newbie and nice to meet everyone here, can you explain to me what is different about adverbs of frequency, I completely understand all the meaning of these adverbs but I really get confused when using them, it is not a big problem in speaking but it makes me crazy when doing with exercises. Can you show me exactly where should I put them in right location?
    thanks
    Welcome to the forums,danghuynh. It would be easier for us to help you if you wrote and posted some example sentences, showing how you think you should use them.

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    @ bhaisahab : Thanks for reply

    Sure, i will list some kinda common adverbs of frequency that i often meet in my exercises.
    We have: Permanently, Often, Seldom, Occasionally, sometimes, always, usually, frequently, regularly, normally, rarely

    for examples: how can i use exactly seldom and rarely when they have the same meaning and all the rest of those words

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh View Post
    @ bhaisahab : Thanks for reply

    Sure, i will list some kinda common adverbs of frequency that i often meet in my exercises.
    We have: Permanently, Often, Seldom, Occasionally, sometimes, always, usually, frequently, regularly, normally, rarely

    for examples: how can i use exactly seldom and rarely when they have the same meaning and all the rest of those words
    OK. Now write some sentences using some of those words.

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    These following sentence

    Jack________bring his dog Spot to work with him. On most days, he leaves Spot in his backyard
    (A) occasionally
    (B) frequently
    (C) almost always
    (D) often

    Firstly i choose B but the answer key is A. How can i choose exactly when A and B is similar

    Once more

    I________forget to date forms. I must have been really tired yesterday
    (A) sometimes
    (B) frequently
    (C) often
    (D) rarely

    Mine is D but the answer is C

    And

    I_________ walk to work. When it's raining I take the bus, thought.

    (A) never
    (B) sometimes
    (C) almost always
    (D) occasionally

    Mine is B but it's C

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh View Post
    Jack________bring his dog Spot to work with him. On most days, he leaves Spot in his backyard.
    (A) occasionally.....(B) frequently.....(C) almost always.....(D) often

    Firstly i I choose B but the answer key is A. How can i I choose exactly when A and B is are similar?
    The dictionary definitions of occasionally and frequently tell you that only A is appropriate in the context of this sentence.

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh View Post
    I________forget to date forms. I must have been really tired yesterday.
    (A) sometimes.....(B) frequently.....(C) often'''''(D) rarely

    Mine is D but the answer is C

    This is not a good question. The second sentence implies that the speaker did forget to date the form(s) yesterday; in that case, D is the most appropriate choice.

    I_________ walk to work. When it's raining I take the bus, thought.

    (A) never.....(B) sometimes.....(C) almost always.....(D) occasionally

    Mine is B but it's C.
    'Though' implies contrast; C is therefore the appropriate answer, though people who overstate their case might say A.
    (written later) Please ignore the words I have underlined and coloured green. They are incorrect. I have not deleted them only because others have commented on them in later posts.
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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    I have to disagree with your assessment of the last one. If he "never" walks (choice A) then he's not overstating his case. It's just illogical. "I never do X. Sometimes I do Y though."

    I find this a bad question. What if it's a rainy climate? Then "sometimes" makes perfect sense. "Sometimes I walk, but when it rains I take the bus." I expect the person who wrote the test wanted C but it must must rain very little there for "almost always" to work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have to disagree with your assessment of the last one. If he "never" walks (choice A) then he's not overstating his case. It's just illogical. "I never do X. Sometimes I do Y though."
    I think that some people do use 'never' when they mean 'almost never' - overstating their case. Of course, if they say that they never do it, and then show that they do it sometimes, this is illogical, but few listeners would automatically think "That's illogical - I don't understand'.

    Some people use a double negative for emphasis. That, too, is illogical, and it is unacceptable in standard English, but it causes no problems of understanding.
    I find this a bad question. What if it's a rainy climate? Then "sometimes" makes perfect sense. "Sometimes I walk, but when it rains I take the bus." I expect the person who wrote the test wanted C but it must must rain very little there for "almost always" to work.
    I agree

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    Re: Help me about Adverbs of Frequency

    I must be dense because I'm still not following. I'm assuming that he has two choices on how he gets to work. He walks or he takes the bus. If he (almost) never takes walks and sometimes takes the bus, what does he do on those other (the "non-sometimes days when it's not raining") if he's not walking either?

    I do agree that we often say "I never do X" to mean almost never but I can't make it it here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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