12 December 2013

Expression of frequency

There are many ways of expressing the frequency with which an action is performed. As in English, it is possible to express if this action is very often done, from time to time, rarely, etc.


总是
zǒngshì
always

他每天总是在银行工作
tā měitiān zǒng shì zài yínháng gōngzuò
Every day he is always working in a bank


měi
each/every

个星期骑自行车
wǒ měi gè xīngqí qí zìxíngchē
I ride a bike every week

We can combine with to express "always without exception":

去中国
wǒ měinián dōu qù zhōngguó
I go every year China


常常
chángcháng
often

我们常常去影院看电影
wǒmen chángcháng qù yǐngyuàn kàn diànyǐng
We often go to cinema to watch movies


平时
píngshí
usually

平时不来
tā píngshí bù lái
He usually does not come


有时候
yǒushíhou
sometimes

我在公园有时候去跑步
wǒ zài gōngyuán yǒu shíhou qù pǎobù
Sometimes I go running in the park


从来不
cóngláibù
never

你的朋友从来不喝酒
nǐ de péngyǒu cónglái bu hējiǔ
Your friend never drinks alcohol