Frequency adverbs

Learn frequency adverbs and expressions in Italian to talk about your habits.

AVVERBI ED ESPRESSIONI DI FREQUENZA

ogni giorno • tutti i giorni

every day

ogni mattina, sera, settimana, lunedì

every morning, evening, week, Monday

sempre

always

di solito

usually

spesso

often

qualche volta, ogni tanto

sometimes, at times

raramente

seldom

(non) mai

never

Position

The position of the frequency adverbs is flexible, but basically these are the rules:

  • Ogni giorno (ogni mattina, ogni sera,…) often stands at the end of the sentence: Faccio colazione ogni mattina.
  • Sempre comes after the verb: Faccio sempre colazione.
  • Di solito is at the beginning of the sentence: Di solito faccio colazione.
  • Spesso comes after the verb, but it can also be placed at the beginning of the sentence: Faccio spesso colazione; Spesso faccio colazione.
  • Raramente, qualche volta and ogni tanto can be at the beginning or end of the sentence: Faccio colazione raramente; Raramente faccio colazione.
  • With non … mai, the verb is in between: Non faccio mai colazione.

Esercizio

How often do you eat breakfast? Write the numbers from 1 to 5, ordering the sentences from most frequent to least frequent.

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