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Adverbs of frequency

The following table is rather pragmatic just because it lists the deliberate distinctions among the various adverbs of frequency.

 % Adverbs of frequency Example
 100% Always I always study after class.
 90% Usually I usually walk to work.
 80% Normally/Generally I normally get good marks.
 70% Often/Frequently I often read in bed at night.
 50% Sometimes I sometimes sing in the shower.
 30% Occasionally I occasionally go to bed late.
 10% Seldom I seldom put salt on my food.
 5% Hardly ever/Barely/Rarely I hardly ever get angry.
 0% Never Vegetarians never eat meat.

IELTS Speaking: Using the phrasal verbs – part 1

Today, I introduced some of commonly used phrasal verbs in the oral English, or more importantly, the IELTS speaking test, instead of the formal verbs. Doing in this way can make your oral language sound more idiomatic and bridge the gap between you and the examiners as you should know. For example, “come across a friend” would be more idiomatic than just “encounter someone”; another case would be “acquire a language” which can be replaced with “pick up a language” in oral English. I listed some of these phrasal verbs with examples which should be kept in mind and on the tip of your tongue. I divided this topic into three posts with ten sample phrasal verbs in each in order not to make the single post too long.

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