English word of the day: ANNUALLY

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Hi everyone! Today’s adverb of the day is related to time and frequency, and the word is annually. Let’s practice pronouncing it – AN-youl-ly. You might think it’s four syllables – an-nu-al-ly, but when we’re speaking fast, it just sounds like 3 – annually.

Something that happens annually happens every year. An organization might hold a conference annually – in 2015, in 2016, in 2017, etc. Every year. You should go get a checkup at the doctor annually. In those two cases we’re talking about something that happens one time per year – one conference every year, one checkup every year.

But we can also use annually to describe something that is spread out during one whole year. For example, this restaurant serves 20,000 customers annually. That means every year, a total of 20,000 people eat at the restaurant. Did you know that Espresso English YouTube videos are watched 5 million times annually? So every year, throughout the year, the videos are watched 5 million times – that’s amazing, and thank you for being one of my students who is watching!

So for adverbs of frequency we have daily (every day), weekly (every week), monthly (every month) and then for things that happen every year, we have two options, we could say yearly or annually. Both of those mean “every year.” Got it?

What’s something you do annually? Try to use this adverb in your own sentence. All right, that’s all for now, but I’ll be back tomorrow with our next word of the day.


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