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English Grammar

Adverbs of Time and Definite Frequency

Adverbs of time and definite frequency tell us when something happens.

Examples are: today, yesterday, later, now, all day, not long, for a while, since, last year, sometimes, frequently, never, often, yearly etc.

  • I shall go there tomorrow.
  • You must get up early.
  • I have seen him before.
  • Let us start now.

Position

Most of them go in end position.

  • I met him yesterday.
  • He died last year.
  • They are leaving for England tomorrow.
  • He visits us daily.
  • I haven't seen him lately.

Initial position is also common.

  • Yesterday I met him.
  • Tomorrow I am leaving for the US.
Exceptions

Finally, already, soon, and last can also go in mid position.

  • She has finally got a job.
  • They soon realized their mistake.

Still and just can only go in mid position.

  • I just asked.
  • He is still working for the same firm.

Note that a mid position adverb is placed after the auxiliary verbs and before other verbs. When there are two auxiliary verbs, the adverb normally comes after the first.

Sections In This Article
Introduction To Adverbs
Formation of Adverbs
Adjectives or Adverbs - Confusing Cases
Adverbs of Certainty
Adverbs of Degree
Adverbs of Indefinite Frequency
Adverbs of Manner
Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of Time and Definite Frequency
Focusing Adverbs

See also
Adverbs: definition
Adverb clause
Adverb particle

 

 

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