When to Use a Comma With 'Regularly'

We do not commonly use a comma to separate an adverb of frequency, such as “regularly”, from the word it describes.

We do not commonly use a comma to separate an adverb of frequency, such as “regularly”, from the word it describes.

We regularly survey our customers.

There are particular sentence structures, however, where a comma before or after “regularly” may be needed.

Berries and citrus fruits, if consumed regularly, may have beneficial effects on the brain.

1. How to Use ‘Regularly’ in a Sentence

We can use “regularly” in mid-position (before the main verb or after the first auxiliary verb).

Jessica regularly visits her father. (Before the main verb)

The commission has regularly adopted resolutions on age discrimination. (After the first auxiliary verb)

However, the adverb of frequency “regularly” is highly mobile within a sentence and can be used in different positions.

Change the engine oil regularly to protect your car.

We can also place “regularly” at the end of a sentence or clause. The meaning of the adverb is usually stronger in end position.

The new factory is operating regularly.

2. When to Use a Comma Before or After ‘Regularly’

We do not generally use a comma to separate the adverb “regularly” from the verb, adjective, or adverb it describes.

The streets are regularly laid out.

The museum is regularly visited by tourists and student groups.

Similarly, we do not use a comma before “regularly” at the end of a sentence.

The communication team meets regularly.

Olivia goes to church regularly.

There are particular sentence constructions, however, where you may need a comma before or after “regularly”. For example, we generally add a comma after an introductory phrase.

Despite sleeping regularly, I always feel exhausted.

We also use commas to set off extra information or explanatory notes in mid-sentence.

Health experts say that vegetables, if eaten regularly, can help prevent many cardiovascular diseases.

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