English Grammar Review
Adverbs “Usually and Hardly Ever” Grammar Review
The adverb “Usually” is used with the present simple tense. It is normally placed before the main verb. When it is used with the verb “To be”, “Usually” goes after the main verb. The same is true with “Hardly Ever”. “Usually” is used to refer to less than daily events or not every day. “Action and Stative verbs” are used. Compare “Usually and Hardly Ever” as complete opposites.
Q: Is she usually at home? A: Yes, she is or No, she is hardly ever there.
Q: Do they usually work on Sundays? A: Yes, they do or No, they don’t.
Q: Does he usually drink coffee? A: No, hardly ever! or Yes, he does.
Other uses with “Usually and Hardly ever”:
Q: When do you usually have lunch? A: I usually eat at noon!
Q: Are you usually sad? A: No, hardly ever!
Q: Do you usually sing in the shower? No, hardly ever!
Adverb: Words that modify or describe “verbs, adjectives and adverbs”.
Less than daily events: Not seven days a week or 90 percent of the time.
Action verb: Describes an activity we can watch as it happens.
Stative verb: Describes a static or unchanging event.
Shower: Water and soap from head to toe.