A routine is something that you do regularly. We often use this word to describe every day activities and schedules.
In these examples, the word "routine" is a noun:
- What’s your daily routine like?
- Do you like your routine?
- My morning routine includes drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.
- Edward says he’s tired of the daily routine at work. He needs something new.
- Beatrice doesn’t want to change her routine. She likes things the way they are.
- Sarah is working on a new dance routine. (A routine can also be a well-rehearsed performance.)
In this next set of sentences, the word "routine" is an adjective.
- The doctor said the surgery was a routine procedure.
- The police made a routine visit to the neighborhood.
- The nurse read through a routine set of questions before the patient saw the doctor.
- She’s tired of the doing the same old routine tasks at work.
The word "routinely" is an adverb:
- He routinely misses work.
- She’s routinely prompt.
- They’re routinely absent from class.
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Published July 25, 2013. Updated July 9, 2017.