Talking about habits & routines

When we want to talk or speak about habits and routines, about our lifestyles, we use the Present simple. This often combines with frequency adverbs and time phrases.

Frequency adverbs: you have to place them BEFORE the MAIN verb.

  • always, often, usually, sometimes*, hardly ever/seldom, never
  • and “ever” in questions for “alguna vez”

Time phrases: you have to place them at the beginning of the sentence, or at the end.

  • At 8.15
  • On MondayS
  • On Tuesday morningS
  • In the morning / in the afternoon / in the evening (at night)
  • In spring (the seasons)
  • In January (the months of the year)
  • Once a week…
  • Twice a day…
  • Three times a year…
  • On weekdays
  • From Monday to Friday
  • At the weekend / At weekends
  • From 6.00 to 8.00
  • Every day
  • After that,
  • And then,
  • After work/school
  • After breakfast/lunch/dinner
  • After picking up my children

How often…? is a typical question to find out information about people’s habits and routines, and lifestyles.

  • How often do you drink water?
  • How often do you go to English classes?
  • How often does she go for a walk on the beach?
  • How often does he go to the gym?

And then, the usual:

  • Do you usually get up at 8.00? Yes, I do. / No, I don’t. / It depends!
  • Does your father usually go to the park? Yes, he does. / No, he doesn’t / It depends.
  • What do you usually do in the evenings? I usually relax. Sometimes I watch TV and sometimes I talk about my day with my family!
  • What does she usually do after work?

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