The commonest adverbials of frequency are:

 

always never normally occasionally often
rarely seldom sometimes usually  

We usually put adverbials of frequency in front of the main verb:

We often spend Christmas with friends.
I have never enjoyed myself so much.

but they usually come after the verb be:

He was always tired in the evening.
We are never late for work.

We use the adverbial a lot to mean often or frequently. It comes at the end of the clause:

We go to the cinema a lot.

but before another time adverbial:

We go to the cinema a lot at the weekend.

We use much with a negative to mean not often:

 We don’t go out much. (= We don’t go out often)

We use how often or ever to ask questions about frequency. How often comes at the beginning of the clause:

How often do you go to the cinema?
How often have you been here?

ever comes before the main verb:

Do you ever go to the cinema at the weekend?
Have you ever been there?

Longer frequency phrases, like every year or three times a day usually come at the end of the clause:

I have an English lesson twice a week.
She goes to see her mother every day.

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Hello,

The clause:
We go to the cinema a lot at the weekend.
It doesn't sound natural to me (I'm not a native speaker though ;)), and if I made such a sentence during a conversation I would say: We go to the cinema a lot at the weekends. Is the plural form correct in this example? Can I drop "the" from it then?

Hello Jarek_O,

The most commonly used phrases are 'at the weekend' and 'at weekends', which you can find in the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'weekend'. Note that both forms are characteristic of British English, and 'at the weekend' can refer to a specific weekend, whereas 'at weekends' refers to weekends in general.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Which one is correct
I shall ever remember you.
Or
I shall remember you ever.
Please explain.

Hello Arvind Singh,

The correct word order here is 'I shall ever remember you' as the adverb ('ever') comes after the auxiliar verb ('shall') and before the main verb ('remember'). It is the same for other adverbs related to time or frequency such as 'always', 'never', 'sometimes' and so on.

However, this sentence is not a very natural one as we would really use 'ever' in questions rather than affirmative sentences ('Will you ever...' / 'Have you ever...').

A more natural way to express this would be to use 'always':

I shall always remember you.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir

Thanks for you effort

Which one is true?
Twice a weekend or twice weekend
what is the difference?

Hello melorin,

The correct form is 'twice a weekend'.

'Twice weekend' is not a correct form.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello
is " every two weeks" similar to "twice a week"?

Hello lisa Tran,

No, it's quite different. If I do something every two weeks it means that there is a gap of two weeks between each action. In other words, 'every two weeks' means 'two times in each month' (if we say there are four weeks in a month).

If I do something twice a week it means there are two actions in every week. In other words, 'twice a week' means 'eight times in each month' (if we say there are four weeks in a month).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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