French Grammar: Adverbs of Frequency

French Grammar: Adverbs of Frequency

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French Grammar: Adverbs of Frequency
la grammaire française: les adverbes de fréquence

Just as an adjective modifies (describes) a noun, an ADVERB modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb.  Adverbs generally answer the question How? How well? How much? How often? or When? They help us provide more details when we’re describing actions.

Not surprisingly, adverbs of frequency indicate how frequently (or infrequently) an action occurs.


In general, adverbs of frequency are placed after the verb. However, the adverbs d’habitude, généralement, and parfois are usually placed at the beginning of a sentence. Longer adverbs such as de temps à autre, de temps en temps, tous les jours, and toutes les semaines are often placed at the end of a sentence.

Here is a list of commonly used adverbs of frequency:

à peine : hardly; barely; scarcely

de temps à autre : from time to time; occasionally; sometimes

de temps en temps : now and then; from time to time; occasionally; sometimes

deux fois : twice

d’habitude : usually

encore : again

encore une fois : one more time; once again

fréquemment : frequently; often

généralement : generally

habituellement : habitually; usually

jamais : never; ever

occasionnellement : occasionally

parfois : sometimes

peu souvent : infrequently; seldom

presque jamais : hardly ever; almost never

presque toujours : almost always

quelquefois : sometimes

rarement : rarely; seldom

sans cesse : continuously; without cease

souvent : often; frequently

toujours : always

tous les jours (lundis, mois, ans, etc.) : every day (Monday, month, year, etc.)

toutes les semaines (heures, cinq minutes, etc.) : every week (hour, five minutes, etc.)

trois (quatre, cinq, etc.) fois : three (four, five, etc.) times

une fois : once


Je regarde rarement la télé.

I rarely watch TV.

Il rend souvent visite à ses parents.

He visits his parents often.

Les étudiants font presque toujours leurs devoirs.

The students almost always do their homework.

Je ne trouve pas mes lunettes. Je les aurais dû laissées ailleurs.

I can’t find my glasses. I must have left them elsewhere.

La famille passe quelquefois leurs vacances à la montagne.
The family sometimes spends their vacation in the mountains.

Nous n’allons jamais au cinéma.
We never go to the movies.