Know the negative adverbials: seldom

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Seldom have I been to the fair

“Seldom” can be used as a Negative Adverbial. And, the Negative Adverbial “seldom” causes a sentence to have an impact.  It makes the sentence come across as more striking and surprising.

Here’s an example: 

“Seldom have I been to a fair.” 

By saying this, the speaker is using the Negative Adverbial “seldom” to say that they rarely go to fairs. 

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A bit about grammar

What is the simplest way to use the Negative Adverbial seldom?

Notice the structure of the sentence, it’s simply a fill-in-the-blank construct. Visualized, it looks like this:

Seldom have I ______ a _____. 

Here are a few examples of a Negative Adverbial “seldom” fill-in-the-blank. 

Be aware of the article “a.” It must be placed before any Noun that could be one of many. 

Examples of the Adverbial seldom

Seldom do I visit him in the hospital. 

Seldom do we have relatives over for a drink?

Seldom have we seen Jose in the classroom since he enrolled for this semester.

Let’s practice 

Q1: Convert the sentence “We are seldom disappointed” to a sentence with inversion. 

Answer: Seldom are we disappointed. 

Q2: Try making your own sentence. 

Q3: Seldom do we remember how important history is to build a nation. Do you believe history is something we should know? Explain.

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