Adverbs of Frequency - Gender Policy

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Topic: Men & women

Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Adverbs of frequency gender policy discussion 

 

With your partner, add frequency expressions (Once a week, almost always etc.) to 

make sentences that describe the maximum number of times somebody should be able to 

do such things without getting sacked. 

 

He asks female members of staff to make the tea for guests. 

He employs female secretaries because of their looks. 

He employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

She makes rude remarks when the men wear tight trousers etc. 

He complements his female subordinates on their appearance. 

He calls the female managers “dear” or “my love”. 

He lets female employees go home early when they have their period. 

He won’t let female members of staff do any heavy physical labour. 

He hangs a topless Pirelli calendar on the inside of his cubicle. 

She pats male colleagues on the bum. 

He tells sexist jokes during drinks after work. 

He suggests that female members of staff should wear skirts. 

He criticizes the male clerks for having long hair or wearing jewelry. 

He complains about having a female boss. 

He holds open doors for ladies. 

He helps female clients with their coats. 

He lets women go through doors before him. 

She ignores her female colleagues. 

She stands near the water cooler and flirts with the men. 

He leans out of the window and whistles at good looking women who walk past. 

He talks about which female celebrities are sexy or not and why during the lunch break. 

 

Discuss your answers with someone from another group.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Adverbs of frequency gender policy discussion 

Worksheet 2- Language Work 

Word order 

Divide the sentences into two groups by where the frequency expressions are put in the 

sentence. Why are they different? 

He employs air stewardesses because of their looks once every two months. 

He never employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

He employs air stewardesses because of their looks once or twice a year. 

He almost always employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

He very rarely employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

He employs air stewardesses because of their looks three or four times a week. 

He very often employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

He occasionally employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

He hardly ever employs air stewardesses because of their looks. 

He employs air stewardesses because of their looks every day. 

 

Arrange the two categories of frequency expressions above from the most to the least 

frequent in the two columns below 

Adverbs of frequency (sometimes etc.) 

Other frequency expressions 

Most frequent 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Least frequent 

Most frequent 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Least frequent 

 

Further speaking practice 

In pairs, try to ask your partner one “how often” question for each of the answers in the 

table above   

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007