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Lesson 57 - Exercise 4 - Present Simple & Adverb Placement

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1 - Interviewer: Do you

juggle here?
2 - Betty Jean: No, uhm, I juggle here.
3 - He uses Facebook.
4 - He uses Twitter.
5 - She loves classic rock but she listens to it.
6 - They don't like to play football but they watch matches on TV.
7 - We watch films in English.

Read about adverbs of frequency. Listen to the examples! Record yourself and compare your pronunciation to the teacher's pronunciation.
The Present Simple and Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of frequency What's an adverb? An adverb changes the sense of a verb, another adverb, or an adjective. It modifies a verb, another adverb, or an adjective.
What's an adverb of frequency? It answers the question "How often do you do something?"

Always, rarely, sometimes, often, never, usually, sometimes, frequently, and occasionally, are usually placed BEFORE the verb (this sentence is an example!). This is a bit complicated because there are exceptions to the rule.

First, a few examples of the general rule:
1 - Betty Jean rarely juggles on Grafton Street.

but Betty Jean says "very rarely". She uses two adverbs.
2 - I always make exercises in the morning.
3 - They sometimes play football in the evening.
4 - He often uses Facebook, but he never uses Twitter.
5 - We frequently go to bars and we occasionally drink wine.
Record yourself. Listen to yourself, then listen to the teacher. Record again:
These adverbs of frequency can also be placed AFTER the verb, or at the end of the sentence or clause: usually, often, frequently, sometimes and occasionally:
1 - We go to bars frequently and drink wine occasionally.
2 - Yes, she gets headaches, usually in the afternoon.
3 - They go there often and have fun sometimes.
Record yourself. Listen to yourself, then listen to the teacher. Record again:

But rarely, always, seldom and never must NOT be placed after the verb:
Examples:
1 - Betty Jean rarely juggles on Grafton Street. :-)
It is NOT possible to say "Betty Jean juggles on Grafton Street rarely. :-(
2 - I always make exercises in the morning. :-)
It is NOT possible to say "I make exercises in the morning always. :-(
3 - I love fish but I seldom eat it. :-)
It is NOT possible to say "I love fish but I eat it seldom . :-(

4 - He never uses Twitter . :-)
It is NOT possible to say " He uses Twitter never. :-(

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