Studi spesso l’italiano? Learn the most common Italian adverbs of frequency and enjoy the quiz!
Italian adverbs of frequency are part of the bigger family of the avverbi di tempo. We can simplify and use the most common ones, as described in this chart.
Mai and Sempre, never and always, are the extremes of the range. Some examples (without translation…).
A few important notes:
- NON + MAI. Non vado mai in palestra, lit. “I never don’t go to the gym”. It’s obviously wrong in English. In Italian, this double negative is not only correct. You MUST combine non and mai with the verb in between.
- Volta, volte. How many times? Quante volte… all’anno, al mese, alla settimana, al giorno, all’ora, al minuto, al secondo..? and so on. Studio l’italiano una volta al giorno. I study Italian once a day. Of course we can use this structure in a different way. Fumo dieci sigarette al giorno. I smoke ten cigarettes a day (io non fumo!)
- Posizione. In Italian, the position of the adverbs of frequency is quite flexible. Let’s take for example…
I often listen to music.
Ascolto spesso la musica.
Spesso ascolto la musica.
Ascolto la musica spesso.
They are all correct. The position of spesso depends on the degree of importance it has inside the sentence.
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