“Never” is an Adverb of Frequency. Adverbs of Frequency describe how often an event happens, for example, trains arriving and departing a station.
“Never” means that something doesn’t occur at all, in fact, it’s the opposite of always, which means that something occurs at all times. Can you think of something that doesn’t happen at all?
Humorously, it’s said that one should “never say never,” because they will eventually be wrong. However, native English speakers often use the Adverb “never.” The word is used as an exaggeration. For example, you may encounter the phrase, “You’ll never guess who I saw”. In actuality, you may be able to guess whom the speaker saw, it was a mutual friend.
All adverbs describe a Verb, this being said, “never” should proceed with a verb. Here are a few examples:
Remember, there are two types of Adverbs of Frequency, Definite and Indefinite. Definite Adverbs of Frequency, like hourly, reveal how often an event occurs, but, Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency are somewhat abstract. Like in this sentence, they may be used to prove a point:
You are always wrong!
Don’t fear, you will able to use Adverbs of Frequency like a native English speaker, with a little practice.
Examples of the Adverb of Frequency Never”
Remi would never ask for help unless she had no choice.
Shawn was behaving as if he had never seen food before.
Q1: Try and make your own sentence.
Q2: Do you believe that it’s never too late to start over? Why or why not?
Q3: Is there something in your past that you would never do again? Why or why not?
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