Ayana: Where’s Julie?
Bob: Oh, she’s usually late.
Ayana: Who’s first?
Bob: Not you! You’re always first!
Steve: How was your day?
Kim: Ugh, I’m so tired, and my eyes hurt from looking at the computer all day.
Steve: You often complain about your eyes. Why don’t you take more breaks at work? I take breaks every hour and my eyes are usually fine.
Carl: Let’s have a barbecue!
Deb: Okay, let’s do it at my house.
Carl: But it’s always your house!
For negatives, we usually use always, usually and often.
Seth: What’s wrong?
Alice: I don’t know, I’m not usually this tired. = I’m seldom this tired.
Now try these. Put the word in brackets into the correct position.
Example: I drive over the speed limit. (occasionally)
1 I’m late. (never)
2 They go out in the week. (seldom)
3 We don’t see her. (often)
4 I take a long time in the shower. (always)
5 Sam arrives on time. (usually)
6 Our house isn’t clean. (always)
7 Are you sleepy after lunch? (always)
8 Do you feel sad? (sometimes)
9 He brushes his teeth after lunch. (rarely)
10 My uncle makes a funny joke. (hardly ever)