英会話のコツ:Adverbs of Frequency (頻度を表す副詞)

How often do you order French fries with your burger?  It might be difficult to answer with a definite number, like 60% of the time, or every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  If you do so 100% of the time, it's so much easier to say, "I always order French fries with my burger."  

 

We use adverbs of frequency to say how often we do things, without getting too specific.  If you want to be more specific, you can use expressions like once a week, twice a day, or every other day.   But if you aren't entirely sure about the number of times, or are looking for a more general expression, try using adverbs of frequency.

 

Adverbs of frequency:

Always 100%

Usually 80-90%

Often 60-70%

Sometimes 50%

Occasionally 30-40%

Rarely 10-20%

Never 0%

 

Examples:

  • I always eat sweets after dinner
  • I usually eat cereal for breakfast, although I occasionally have a muffin or pancakes instead
  • I often ride my bike to Umeda
  • I sometimes email my friend in Japanese
  • I rarely read instruction manuals
  • I never listen to music while walking or cycling

 

Questions:

  • How often do you brush your teeth after meals?
  • How often do you eat vegetables?
  • How often do you read the newspaper?
  • How often do you check your email?
  • How often do you watch movies?
  • How often do you go grocery shopping?

 

~ Samantha