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    frequency adverb

    hi! I wonder where is the right position of usually in this sentence.

    I don't have to work on Saturdays.(usually)

    thanks

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    Re: frequency adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Grinkl View Post
    hi! I wonder where is the right position of usually in this sentence.

    I don't have to work on Saturdays.(usually)

    thanks


    Adverbs of frequency

    1) always come BEFORE the verb, if it consists of one word only.(e.g. goes/fell/cooked, etc)

    I always watch cartoons.
    David never wore his cap to school.

    2) come AFTER to be

    I am always,often,usually,never late

    but go before "have to"

    I always have to tell her..

    3) if the verb consists of two or more words(like can remember/doesn't eat,will be canceled)
    the adverb usually goes after the first verb/auxiliary(can,does,etc)

    Are you definitely going away next weekend?
    Clare doesn't often eat meat.

    BUT: adverbs of frequency usually go before a negative
    so,your sentence

    I usually don't have to work on Saturdays.

    hope this didn't sound too confusing
    Last edited by beascarpetta; 06-Jan-2008 at 21:31.


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    Re: frequency adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Adverbs of frequency

    1) always come BEFORE the verb, if it consists of one word only.(e.g. goes/fell/cooked, etc)

    I always watch cartoons.
    David never wore his cap to school.

    2) come AFTER to be

    I am always,often,usually,never late

    but go before "have to"

    I always have to tell her..

    3) if the verb consists of two or more words(like can remember/doesn't eat,will be canceled)
    the adverb usually goes after the first verb/auxiliary(can,does,etc)

    Are you definitely going away next weekend?
    Clare doesn't often eat meat.

    BUT: adverbs of frequency usually go before a negative
    so,your sentence

    I usually don't have to work on Saturdays.

    hope this didn't sound too confusing
    thank you so much for your explanation^^

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    Re: frequency adverb

    I usually don't have to work on Saturdays.
    I don't usually have to work on Saturdays.
    Usually I don't have to work on Saturdays.


    It's all the same to me.

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    #5

    Re: frequency adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry97 View Post
    I usually don't have to work on Saturdays. I don't usually have to work on Saturdays. Usually I don't have to work on Saturdays.


    It's all the same to me.
    Hi Jerry, the truth is a native would use all three forms, but in an exam, both sentence one and three would not be corrct as the "rule" states otherwise.

    cheers

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    Re: frequency adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    Hi Jerry, the truth is a native would use all three forms, but in an exam, both sentence one and three would not be corrct as the "rule" states otherwise.

    cheers
    In exams given by so called "International English Teachers" ANYTHING is possible.

    Last edited by Jerry97; 07-Jan-2008 at 17:00.

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