1. What are Adverbs of Time?
  2. What are the Adverbs of Time in Spanish?
  3. Where are Adverbs Placed?

How can you tell how often you study Spanish, in Spanish? Just as adjectives modify nouns, the main function of adverbs is to modify verbs and, sometimes, adjectives.



Voy a la universidad mañana.

I'm going to college tomorrow.

What are Adverbs of Time?

Rule 1. Adverbs of time indicate how often or when an action is performed. They generally answer the questions when, at what time, how many times, how often, etc.



Me encanta hacer ejercicio. Hago pilates a menudo.

I love to exercise. I do pilates often.

What are the Adverbs of Time in Spanish?

Rule 2. Here is a list of the most commonly used adverbs divided into four categories.

Adverbs to Talk About the Past

ayer yesterday Ayer fui a comer con mis amigas. Yesterday I went to lunch with my friends.
anoche last night Anoche salí de fiesta. I went out partying last night.
antiguamente formerly Antiguamente se creía que la tierra era plana. In the past, it was believed that the earth was flat.
antes before Antes me gustaba el helado. Before, I used to like ice cream.

Adverbs to Talk About the Present

hoy today Hoy tengo clase de español. I have Spanish class today.
ahora\t now Ahora como mariscos, antes no. Now I eat seafood, not before.
actualmente currently Actualmente estoy enfocada en mi trabajo. I am currently focused on my work.
hoy por hoy\t nowadays Hoy por hoy hay más información global. Nowadays there is more global information.

Adverbs to Talk About the Future

Adverbs TranslationExampleTranslation
mañana tomorrow Mañana voy al dentista. Tomorrow I go to the dentist.
después after Compro la comida después de salir de clases I buy food after I get out of class.
pasado mañana the day after tomorrow Hoy es domingo, pasado mañana es martes. Today is Sunday, the day after tomorrow is Tuesday
proximamente/pronto soon\t Proximamente se estrena la película. The film will be released soon.
por la tarde/mañana in the afternoon/morning Por la tarde saldré a caminar con mi perro In the afternoon I will go for a walk with my dog.

Adverbs to Talk About Duration or Frequency

Adverbs TranslationExampleTranslation
siempre always Siempre desayuno huevos. I always eat eggs for breakfast.
nunca never Nunca tomo café. I never drink coffee.
frecuentemente frequently\t Frecuentemente voy a ver al doctor. I frequently go to the doctor.
ocasionalmente occasionally Ocasionalmente como pescado, pero no todos los días. I occasionally eat fish, but not every day.
semanalmente weekly Compro mi despensa semanalmente. I buy my groceries weekly.
normalmente normally Normalmente bebo mucha agua. I normally drink a lot of water.
a veces\t sometimes A veces voy al gimnasio. Sometimes I go to the gym.
de vez en cuando from time to time De vez en cuando salgo de fiesta. From time to time I go out partying.

Where are Adverbs Placed?

Rule 3. Adverbs in Spanish tend to be very flexible as to their position. Most often their position depends on what you want to emphasize in the sentence.

As a rule of thumb, adverbs follow the verb they modify. However, this rule applies more to adverbs of quantity and adverbs of manner. When it comes to adverbs of time, they can go at the beginning of the sentence, after the verb, or at the end of the sentence.



Siempre voy al gimnasio.

I always go to the gym

Voy siempre al gimnasio.

I always go to the gym.

Voy al gimnasio siempre.

I go to the gym all the time.

Now you can tell your friends how often you study Spanish.



Voy a clases de español frecuentemente.

I go to Spanish classes frequently.



Voy al gimnasio __________ (always).


correct answers.