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Adverbs of Time: To Tell How Often

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There are adverbs of time that describe the indefinite frequencies and the adverbs of time that describe the definite frequencies (which will be discussed on the next lesson).

Most common examples of the adverbs describing indefinite frequencies are always, often, sometimes, rarely, and never. These adverbs of time answer “how often” questions. Read and recite the equivalent translations of these adverbs below.
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Examples:
Always
PalaPlay audio #6499
LaPlay audio #6500
Often
Madalás Play audio #6501
Sometimes
Pamínsan-minsan Play audio #6502
Rarely
Bihira Play audio #6503
Never
Hindí kailanmán Play audio #6498
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Examples:
Always
Palagi Play audio #6499
Lagi Play audio #6500
Often
Madalas Play audio #6501
Sometimes
Paminsan-minsan Play audio #6502
Rarely
Bihira Play audio #6503
Never
Hindi kailanman Play audio #6498
The adverb lagi is a variation of the word palagi. These words have the same meaning.

Minsan and pamínsan-minsan, however, do not share the same definition. Native speakers often get these two words mixed because they almost have the same spelling. Remember that “minsan” means “once” or “at one time,” while “pamínsan-minsan” means “sometimes.” Other variations of “pamínsan-minsan” are “paminsan” and “kung minsan.”

From the examples below, see how these adverbs are used in sentences.
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Examples:
Chito always prays before eating.
Palaging nagdárasál si Chito bago kumain. Play audio #6484
Jayvee always goes to the gym.
Palaging pumúpuntá si Jayvee sa gym. Play audio #6485
Ana always takes her medicine in the morning.
Umíinóm palagi si Ana ng kanyáng gamót sa umaga. Play audio #6486
The bus often comes late.
Madalás na hulíng dumáratíng ang bus. Play audio #6487
Hubert often comes to work on time.
Madalás dumárating si Hubert sa trabaho nang nasa oras. Play audio #6488
Nancy often goes to the cinema.
Madalás pumuntá si Nancy sa sinehán. Play audio #6489
My head hurts sometimes when the weather is too hot.
Sumásakít pamínsan-minsan ang ulo ko kapág mainit ang panahón. Play audio #6490
I cannot fall asleep sometimes
Hindí akó makatulog pamínsan-minsan. Play audio #6491
Ingrid forgets to close the door sometimes.
Nakákalimutang isará ni Ingrid ang pintó pamínsan-minsan. Play audio #6492
Adrian rarely shares his problems.
Bihirang ibahagi ni Adrian ang kanyáng mga problema. Play audio #6493
Mel rarely meets other people.
Bihirang makakilala si Mel ng ibáng tao. Play audio #6494
Erin rarely talked to me.
Bihirá akóng kausapin ni Erin. Play audio #6495
Edwin is never late in class.
Hindí kailanmán nahúhuli si Edwín sa klase. Play audio #6496
My son never lies.
Hindí kailanmán nagsísinungalíng ang anák ko. Play audio #6497
I will never shout at you.
Hindí kailanmán kitá sísigawán. Play audio #6483
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Examples:
Chito always prays before eating.
Palaging nagdarasal si Chito bago kumain. Play audio #6484
Jayvee always goes to the gym.
Palaging pumupunta si Jayvee sa gym. Play audio #6485
Ana always takes her medicine in the morning.
Umiinom palagi si Ana ng kanyang gamot sa umaga. Play audio #6486
The bus often comes late.
Madalas na huling dumarating ang bus. Play audio #6487
Hubert often comes to work on time.
Madalas dumarating si Hubert sa trabaho nang nasa oras. Play audio #6488
Nancy often goes to the cinema.
Madalas pumunta si Nancy sa sinehan. Play audio #6489
My head hurts sometimes when the weather is too hot.
Sumasakit paminsan-minsan ang ulo ko kapag mainit ang panahon. Play audio #6490
I cannot fall asleep sometimes
Hindi ako makatulog paminsan-minsan. Play audio #6491
Ingrid forgets to close the door sometimes.
Nakakalimutang isara ni Ingrid ang pinto paminsan-minsan. Play audio #6492
Adrian rarely shares his problems.
Bihirang ibahagi ni Adrian ang kanyang mga problema. Play audio #6493
Mel rarely meets other people.
Bihirang makakilala si Mel ng ibang tao. Play audio #6494
Erin rarely talked to me.
Bihira akong kausapin ni Erin. Play audio #6495
Edwin is never late in class.
Hindi kailanman nahuhuli si Edwin sa klase. Play audio #6496
My son never lies.
Hindi kailanman nagsisinungaling ang anak ko. Play audio #6497
I will never shout at you.
Hindi kailanman kita sisigawan. Play audio #6483

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