Routines, Habits and Repeated Activity

The timeline below shows actions that regularly occur from the past, through the present, into the future.

We use the simple present to express habits or things that we do regularly.
Routine I usually get up at 7 o’clock.
Habit I always drink coffee with my breakfast. 
 Repeated activity I play tennis after work on Fridays. 
We use some adverbs to describe how frequently we do an activity.

These are called adverbs of frequency and include:

Adverb of Frequency Frequency
always 100%
usually 90%
normally / generally 80%
often / frequently 70%
sometimes 50%
occasionally 30%
seldom 10%
hardly ever / rarely 5%
never 0%
We can also use adverbs of definite frequency when we want to be more specific about the frequency:
every day week month year
once a day a week a month a year
twice a day a week a month a year
four times a day a week a month a year
every other day other week other month other year
daily weekly monthly yearly
Prepositions of time:

“In” is used to describe a general period of time.

“At” is only used to describe specific times.

“On” for specific days

In On At
in the morning(s) on Monday(s) at 6 o’clock
in the afternoon(s) on Tuesday(s) at dawn
in the evening(s) on Wednesday(s) at dusk
in January on Thursday(s) at midnight
in February on Friday(s) at midday
in March on Saturday(s) at noon
in April on Sunday(s) at breakfast
in May on Monday morning at lunchtime
in June on Tuesday afternoon at dinnertime
in July on Friday evening at the weekend
in August on the 10th (day) of June at Christmas
in September on my birthday at Easter
in October on our anniversary at the end
in November on holiday at the beginning
in December on Christmas day at bedtime
in spring on Easter day at sunrise
in summer on St Valentine’s Day at sunset
in autumn on Memorial Day at the same time
in winter on New Year’s Day at once
in 1968 on the first day at first
in the sixties (60s) on the last day at last
in the nineteenth century on the last day of school at the end
Category: Simple Present


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