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Free English Grammar WorksheetAdverbs “Usually and Hardly Ever.”

The adverb “Usually,” is used with the present simple tense. It is normally placed before the main verb.

When it is used with the verb “To be,” “Usually” goes after the main verb. The same is true with “Hardly Ever.”

“Usually” is used to refer to less than daily events or not every day. “Action and Stative verbs” are used. Compare “Usually and Hardly Ever” as complete opposites.

Here are Present Simple Examples:

Is she usually at home?

Yes, she is! or No, she is hardly ever there.

Do they usually work on Sundays?

Yes, they do! or No, they don’t.

Does he usually drink coffee?

No, hardly ever! or Yes, he does.

More Examples with Usually and Hardly ever:

When do you usually have lunch?

I usually eat at noon!

Are you usually sad?

No, hardly ever!

Do you usually sing in the shower?

No, hardly ever!

Vocabulary Bank.

Adverb: Words that modify or describe “verbs, adjectives and adverbs.”

Less than daily events: Not seven days a week or 90 percent of the time.

Action verb: Describes an activity we can watch as it happens.

Stative verb: Describes a static or unchanging event.

Shower: Water and soap from head  to toe.

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Usually, Hardly Ever Everyday Dialog.

The adverb “usually”
is used with
the present simple tense
and it’s normally placed
before the main verb.
When it’s used with
the verb to be
it usually goes after
the main verb
and the same is true
with hardly ever.
Usually is used
to refer to less
than daily events or
not every day.
“He usually goes”.
“He usually travels”.
Something like that.
Not every day,
but very often.
Action and stative verbs are both
used with these adverbs.
Compare usually
and hardly ever
as complete opposites.
Here are a few
examples to study.
Examples with present simple.
“Is she usually at home?”
“Yes, she is.” Or
“No, she is hardly ever
there.” You see. So.
Never would be absolute.
Never ever, ever, ever.
Hardly ever means not
very often at all.
“Do they usually work
on Sundays?”
“Yes, they do.” or
“No, they don’t.”
It simply means
that not every Sunday.
Maybe every other.
Every second Sunday.
Maybe three Sundays
a month. Something like that.
“Does he usually drink coffee?”
“No, hardly ever.” or
“Yes, he does.” So.
“Does he usually?”
Is a little different
than the word “always”.
“He always drinks coffee
in the morning,
every single day” or
“He usually does”
most of the time.
Other uses with usually
and hardly ever.
When do you usually
have lunch?
Well, I usually eat at noon. So.
“When do you usually
have lunch?” Questions. Right?
“Are you usually sad?”
“No! Are you kidding me?”
“Hardly ever.”
“My wife knows
that I’m never sad.”
“Hey! Do you usually
sing in the shower?”
“No, hardly ever.”
“Because the neighbors
pound on the wall.”
Here are some word
Check your dictionary for more.
Adverbs of course,
modify verbs adjectives
and other adverbs.
Less than daily events.
Not seven days a week.
Or maybe, 90, maybe 90%
of the time.
Action verbs describe
an activity we can watch
as it happens.
Again. Action verbs.
Something I can see.
I see the man walking.
I see the bird flying.
I see things happening.
I see Bill moving
his hands.
Moving, yes? Those are
action verbs. To move.
State verbs describes
a static or unchanging event.
“Do you like pizza?”
“Yes, I do.”
Well! “Do” is a verb. Right?
But, you can’t see
an action. Right?
It’s a fact and that’s
when we use state or
stative verbs.
When we want
to talk about a fact
more than an action.
However, often state verbs
are used in place
of action verbs.
And often state verbs
help us reaffirm or
say the same thing
twice. So.
Listen to this.
I eat breakfast
everyday. So. I eat.
You understand that. Right?
Sometimes we want to say
the same thing twice,
or there are other ways
to say the same thing.
“I eat breakfast
every day.” or
“I have breakfast every day.”
I’m eating breakfast
right now.
Or “I’m having
breakfast right now.”
So. You see.
I’ve used a regular verb.
I’ve used a describing verb
or a verb, that you
fully understand. Right?
Eating. Something like that.
And I’ve also used
a state verb also
in this case “have.”
“Have” is an empty verb.
In other words.
It really doesn’t
have any meaning.
we use it in many
different ways in English.
Soap and water
from head to toe.
Be careful with that
singing in the shower
by the way.

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