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?