Frequency Adverbs in the Simple Present

You will study the adverbs that express the regularity of an action.


Frequency Adverbs in the Simple Present

Television in the US

Instructions: Read the text about Television in the United States.

Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. Household ownership of television sets in the country is 99%, and the majority of households have more than one set, with approximately 114,200,000 American households owning at least one television set.

As a whole, the television networks that broadcast in the United States are the largest and most distributed in the world, and programs produced specifically for U.S. – based networks are the most widely syndicated internationally. Many critics have said that American television is currently undergoing a modern Golden age.

Television in the United States. Retrieved January, 2017 from

Getting started: TV viewing time

Instructions: Read the following information about the US:

The average American watches more than five hours of live television every day. More if they’re African American. Quite a bit more. Less if they’re Hispanic or Asian American.

For all ethnic goups, TV viewing time increases steadily as they get older. Once they are over 65 years old, they watch more than seven hours a day.

The average American then spends another 32 minutes a day on time-shifted television, an hour using the Internet on a computer, an hour and seven minutes on a smarthphone and two hours, 46 minutes listening to the radio.

American’s habits have remained fairly steady over the last few years, though Smartphone usage and time-shifted television are growing. They watch a lot of television while they’re young and mostly at home. Their viewership drops when they hit their teen years and start to develop more outside interests. But after that their watching tv time rate rises in pretty much a straight line for the rest of their lives.

By ethnic groups, African Americans watch an average of 218 hours of television a month. Whites watch 155.3 hours, Hispanics an average of 123.2 hours and Asian Americans an average of 92.3 hours.

Average American watches 5 hours of TV per day, report shows. Retrieved and adapted January, 2017 from

Watching TV

Instructions: Complete the sentences with one of the following words according to the text.


1. American people ________ watch more than five hours of live television.

2. People over 65 ________ watch TV more than seven hours a day.

3. Young people ________ watch television.

Let’s review how to use Frequency Adverbs in the Simple Present.

Instructions: Look at the following information about the use of Frequency Adverbs in the Simple Present:

Remember: We use frequency adverbs in the simple present tense to talk about things that happen regularly, repeatedly or all the time.

Some frequency adverbs used in the simple present are: always, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, rarely, never.

Frequency adverbs go before common verbs and after the verb To Be.


  • I always go to the movies on Wednesday.
  • My best friend usually goes with me.
  • We often see action movies.
  • We sometimes watch romantic movies.
  • My family never watch horror movies.
  • They are always at home at the weekend.



Frequency adverbs

Instructions: Put the frequency adverb in the right place.

  1. David watches action TV programs. (often) .
  2. The girls read history books. (sometimes) .
  3. Jacob gets angry with me. (never) .
  4. Harry is very friendly to everybody. (usually) .
  5. My dad has sugar in his tea. (always) .
  6. Both my parents are hungry in the morning. (never) .
  7. Alice walks the dogs in the afternoon. (always) .
done Check


Adverbs of frequency

Instructions: Complete the sentences with a frequency adverb and the verb in parenthesis.

  1. Our teacher, Mr. Davies, (never / is) late for class.
  2. I (often / clean) my house on Saturday.
  3. Jack (sometimes / help) his brother with his homework.
  4. My best friend (sometimes / be) bored in the literature lesson.
  5. My father and I (rarely / watch) football on TV.
  6. You and Jacob (never / play) videogames with me.
  7. Justin (always / pick) me up for school in the morning.
done Check


My favorite TV program

Instructions: Complete each gap of the conversation with an appropriate frequency adverb.


A – How _________ do you watch TV?

B – Everyday.

A – What kind of programs do you _________ watch?

B – I _________ watch comedies.

A – Which is your favorite program?

B – The big bang theory. Do you watch it, too?

A – I _________ watch it. But I watch CSI every afternoon.

B – That’s an interesting TV program.

A – Yes, my father _________ watches it with me if he’s home early!