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These sentences are all taken from real recorded conversations.

Can you put the adverbs in the right places?

1. You are here when something happens, (usually)

2. Her mum cooks a meal in the evening, (always)

3. We book that April holiday in January, (usually)

4. They think that we have got bread, (probably)

5. You should look where you're going, (always)

6. She is going to stay overnight, (probably)

7. Chocolate cakes are the best, (definitely)

8. I will be able to get it cheaper, (probably)

9. I have had an illness in my life, (never)

10. We saw sweets in those days, (never)

11. I remember buying some, (definitely)

12. Do you read upside down? (usually)

13. I can manage to get there, (usually)

14. She has done that before, (never)

15. Something is burning, (definitely)

16. She has been nervous, (always)

17. I feel cold in your house, (never)

18. They were against me. (always)

19. We are going to win. (definitely)

20. February is the worst, (usually)

21. It is very difficult, (sometimes)

22. I buy them in boxes, (always)

23. I have tried to find it. (often)

24. She saw this ghost, (often)

25. You are right, (probably)

2. Say how often you do some of the following things.


I sometimes stay in bed late. I don't often go to the doctor.

stay in bed late have bad dreams eat chocolate get headaches play tennis read poetry fall in love go to concerts play the piano forget peopleís names go to the cinema cook go to the doctor write letters go skiing go swimming get depressed feel happy

Work with another student:

∙ ask him/her how often he/she does the things in Exercise 3

∙ report his/her answer.


1 'How often do you go to concerts-' 'Never.'

2 Maria never goes to concerts.

3. Rewrite each underlined sentence using the adverb in brackets.

Andy and Jane came home from shopping on Saturday to find their house had been burgled. A police officer has come to investigate the crime.

OFFICER: You say you're not sure how the thieves got in. Before I

look round, can I ask you a few questions about the house?

ANDY: Of course.

OFFICER: (1) Do you lock the front door when you go out? (always)

ANDY: (2) Yes, and I locked it yesterday, (definitely)

OFFICER: OK. What about the windows?

ANDY: (3) Well, the downstairs ones are locked, (always)

JANE: (4) We have a lock on the little one in the hall, (even)

OFFICER: And upstairs?

JANE: (5) Well. I think most of the windows were locked, (probably)

ANDY (6) They were locked on Friday, (all)

JANE: Are you sure?

ANDY: Yes, I checked them all.

OFFICER: And you didn't open any on Friday night?

ANDY: (7) No, I didn't, (certainly)

OFFICER: Well, I can't understand it. Let's look round. Perhaps I'll notice something you've missed.

4. Rewrite these sentences putting the words and phrases in brackets in the best order. Note that none of these sentences are emphatic:

1. My parents (allowed/hardly ever) us to (late/ on weekdays/ stay up).

2. Taking advantage of the gap between the players, Owen kicked the ball (into the net/ just before half time/ skillfully).

3. David behaves quite well when he is at home but he (at school/ causes trouble/ often).

4. Foxes (often/be seen/can) scavenging (on the streets of London/ at night).

5. The post (arrive/ sometimes/ on time/ doesnít) in this part of the city.

6. Jennifer (immediately/ didnít/ recognise) the man waving (at the end of the show/ frantically/ from the balcony).

7. We (unable/ are/ usually) to offer refunds on the spot, but we will examine (thoroughly/ before the end of the week/ your claim).

8. These children (never/ have/ given/ been/ probably) the opportunities we all take for granted.

9. Access to the Internet (no longer/ is) available (on weekday mornings/ free of charge/ at our libraries).

10. Such losses (have/ would/ normally/ avoided/ been) by the use of back-up devices.

11. Many of the old masters had assistants who would prepare the oil pigments (each morning/ by hand/ in their studios).

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