Adverbs of frequency, Spanish grammar (A2)

Sometimes it’s important to know how often actions take place. In these situations, we use adverbs of frequency or, in Spanish, los adverbios de frecuencia.

Spanish adverbs of frequency

1. In general, adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs of frequency will modify only verbs since they tell how frequently something is done. Here are some common adverbs of frequency in Spanish. They’re arranged in order of decreasing frequency:

  • Siempre – always
  • Constantemente – constantly
  • A menudo – often
  • Con frecuencia, frecuentemente – frequently
  • Todos los días – everyday
  • Diariamente – daily
  • Muchas veces – a lot, many times
  • Mucho – a lot
  • Regularmente – regularly
  • Cada semana, semanalmente – weekly
  • Usualmente – usually
  • Generalmente, por lo general – generally
  • A veces – sometimes
  • De vez en cuando – from time to time
  • Cada mes, mensualmente – monthly
  • Por lo menos – at least
  • Bastante – enough
  • Pocas veces – rarely, seldom
  • Anualmente – annually
  • Poco – a little
  • Menos – less
  • Apenas – hardly
  • Nunca, jamás – never

2. To indicate how often things are done with a little more accuracy, we can use the construction: (number) + vez/veces al/a la + (period of time)

Voy al cine dos veces al mes (I go to the movies two times a month).

Hago ejercicios tres veces a la semana (I exercise three times a week).

Estudio español una vez al día (I study once a day).

3. About their place in the sentence, adverbs of frequency can be found sometimes after the verb they modify, at the beginning of the sentence, before the verb or as the last word in the sentence. It is not a matter of grammar, but when do we want to put the emphasis in the sentence.

A menudo Paul hace sus ejercicios de español.

Paul a menudo hace sus ejercicios de español.

Paul hace a menudo sus ejercicios de español.

Paul hace sus ejercicios de español a menudo.

Just be careful with “nunca” or “casi nunca”, because if they are not placed before the verb, we will need to put “no”:

            Paul nunca hace sus ejercicios de español.

Paul no hace sus ejercicios de español nunca.

Paul no hace nunca sus ejercicios de español.

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