A Typical Day
Todd: So Aimee, let's talk about routines?
Todd: What time do you get up most days?
Aimee: I get up ... I get up about six.
Todd: Oh, wow! That's early. I'm about the same. I get up at 7ish, usually.
Aimee: OK, and what do you ear for breakfast?
Todd: I usually have toast. I'm lazy. I don't cook in the mornings, so toast, but I always have coffee
Aimee: Right. Yeah, that sounds good.
Todd: Yeah, I love coffee. Do you have coffee every morning?
Aimee: I have coffee every morning. I also have hot water and fresh lemon juice, every morning.
Aimee: Because it is good for your body, and I enjoy it.
Todd: OK. Good. So when do you leave the house most days?
Aimee: I leave the house about seven o'clock.
Todd: Wow, that's early.
Aimee: It is. Maybe between seven and seven-thirty. Yeah. How about you Todd?
Todd: A little later, usually around 8.
Todd: And where do you eat lunch every day?
Aimee: Every day? I eat lunch at work every day, so I will buy something from the cafeteria at my work, or I will bring something
Todd: Most days, what do you have for lunch?
Aimee: I have a sandwich and a smoothie.
Todd: Mm, that's healthy.
Todd: You're healthy.
Aimee: No, not really. (laughter) Yeah, sandwich and a smoothie and probably a chocolate biscuit.
Todd: Ooh, OK. That's not healthy.
Aimee: It's not. And you?
Todd: I eat at the cafeteria every day at my school and I always have salad every day. I love salad, yeah! I usually have a very healthy lunch. I have lean meat. Chicken usually and a salad and tea.
Aimee: That does sound healthy.
Todd: It is, kind of. A healthy meal of the day.
So, every day, who do you talk to?
Aimee: I talk to my children every day. Yes, we talk a lot.
Todd: What do you talk about?
Aimee: We talk about our everyday routine. I remind them to do their tasks, and I remind them to get on with ...
Todd: the chores?
Aimee: Yes. Chores and their routine.
Todd: What do they do? What chores do they do?
Aimee: Well, they're still young, so my two-year old doesn't do anything. She brings her plate to the kitchen when she's finished. She's good at that actually. My eight-year old, she folds her clean laundry and puts it away
Todd: Oh, that's good.
Todd: Nice. Very responsible. So when do you get home most days?
Aimee: I get home around six o'clock. How about you Todd?
Todd: Oh, I get home late. I get home around ten o'clock.
Aimee: Oh, that is late.
Todd: Yeah, very late. So I work late. I live alone so, I work late and I go to the gym and sometimes I go eat at a restaurant.
Todd: I never cook.
Aimee: I never go to the gym.
Aimee: (Laughter) What time do you go to bed then?
Todd: I go to bed early actually. I get home at nine or ten and I go to bed by eleven usually. And you?
Aimee: Eleven's early.
Todd: It is early.
Aimee: OK, I think I'm probably about the same. Eleven o'clock. Yeah, I go to bed about eleven o'clock.
Todd: OK, so how many hours do you sleep most nights?
Aimee: I guess I get about seven. Six or seven hours.
Todd: Yeah, I get eight. I love sleeping.
Aimee: You sleep more at the weekend?
Todd: Hmm! You sleep in Saturday and Sunday?
Aimee: I try if I can.
Todd: Sunday is easier to sleep in.
Aimee: OK, thanks Aimee.
I have coffee every morning.
Every means very high frequency. It modifies a noun. Notice the following:
- I eat breakfast every morning.
- I try to sleep eight hours every night.
What time do you get up most days?
Most means high frequency. It modifies a noun. Notice the following:
- I get up early most days.
- I play sports most weekends.
I always have coffee.
Always means very high frequency. It modifies a verb. Notice the following:
- The sun always rises in the morning.
- He always eats lunch alone.
I usually have toast.
Usually means high frequency. It modifies a verb. Notice the following:
- We usually have a break at two o'clock.
- She usually is on time.
Sometimes I go eat at a restaurant.
Sometimes means low frequency. It modifies a verb. Notice the following:
- We sometimes order pizza for dinner.
- It sometimes rains on Sunday.
I never cook.
Never means very low frequency. It modifies a verb. Notice the following:
- She never goes to the gym.
- I never sleep past noon.
often • sometimes • never