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of·ten(ô′fən, ŏf′ən, ôf′tən, ŏf′-)
of•ten(ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-)
If something happens often, it happens many times.
- If there is no auxiliary verb, you put often in front of the verb, unless the verb is be. If the verb is be, you put often after it.
- If there is an auxiliary verb, you put often after it.
- If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you put often after the first one.
- If a sentence is fairly short, you can put often at the end of it.
- In writing, often is sometimes put at the beginning of a long sentence.
Don't use 'often' to talk about something that happens several times within a short period of time. Don't say, for example, 'I often phoned her yesterday'. You say 'I phoned her several times yesterday' or 'I kept phoning her yesterday'.
You use often with how when you are asking about the number of times that something happens or happened.
Often can also be used for saying that something is done just once by many people, or that something is true about many people.
|Adv.||1.||often - many times at short intervals; "we often met over a cup of coffee"|
|2.||often - frequently or in great quantities; "I don't drink much"; "I don't travel much"|
|3.||often - in many cases or instances|
never, rarely, occasionally, seldom, scarcely, now and then, irregularly, infrequently, hardly ever
often[ˈɒfən] ADV → a menudo, con frecuencia, seguido (LAm)
I've often wondered why you turned the job down → me he preguntado muchas veces or a menudo or con frecuencia por qué no aceptaste el trabajo
it's not often that I ask you to help me → no es frecuente que te pida ayuda
we often meet here → solemos reunirnos aquí
do you often argue? → ¿discutís mucho?, ¿discutís muy a menudo?
we visit her as often as possible → la visitamos tanto como nos es posible
twice as often as → dos veces más que
women consult doctors twice as often as men → las mujeres consultan a un médico dos veces más que los hombres
as often as not → la mitad de las veces
every so often (of time) → de vez en cuando; (of distance, spacing) → de trecho en trecho, cada cierta distancia
we see each other every so often → nos vemos de vez en cuando → nos vemos alguna que otra vez
how often? (= how many times) → ¿con qué frecuencia?; (= at what intervals) → ¿cada cuánto?
how often do you see him? → ¿cada cuánto lo ves? → ¿con qué or cuánta frecuencia lo ves?
how often have I warned you that this would happen? → ¿cuántas veces te he advertido de que iba a pasar esto?
how often she had asked herself that very question! → ¡cuántas veces se había hecho esa misma pregunta!
he saw her less often now that she had a job → la veía con menos frecuencia ahora que tenía un trabajo
more often than not → la mayoría de las veces, las más de las veces
he's read it so often he knows it off by heart → lo ha leído tantas veces que se lo sabe de memoria
(all) too often → con demasiada frecuencia, demasiado a menudo, demasiadas veces
you've been drunk on duty once too often → ha estado borracho una y otra vez estando de servicio
very often → muchísimas veces, muy a menudo
often[ˈɒfən ˈɒftən] adv
It often rains → Il pleut souvent.
I'd like to go skiing more often → J'aimerais aller skier plus souvent.
twice as often → deux fois plus souvent
I shower twice as often as most people → Je me douche deux fois plus souvent que la plupart des gens.
much more often than → bien plus souvent que
as often as not → la plupart du temps
more often than not → la plupart du temps
every so often → de temps à autre
it's not often (that) ... → ce n'est pas souvent que ...
often[ˈɒf/ən] adv → spesso
as often as not → il più delle volte
more often than not → quasi sempre
every so often (of time) → una volta ogni tanto (of distance, spacing) → regolarmente, a intervalli regolari
how often do you see him? → ogni quanto lo vedi?
her behaviour is often disappointing → il suo comportamento è spesso deludente
it's not often that I ask you to help me → non è che ti chieda spesso di aiutarmi