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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #111110: How often? How many times?
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    How often? How many times?

    1) HOW OFTEN ... ? = an adverb of frequency. It's used to ask question about the frequency of an event.

    - How often do you go to the cinema? 

    - I don't know how often he should read a book.


    * The answers to this question are very often following the same expressions:

    - every + noun: minute/ day/ week/ month/ year/ decade/ century...

    - every other day/ every other weekend = every two days/ every three weekends  => every five years... 

    - once a day ( = X 1 ;  notice the indefinite article)

      Twice a week.(X 2); then, the frequency is  expressed in a ‘regular way' = three times a month/ four times a term/ six times a year....

    - always/ (very) often/ sometimes/ occasionally/ seldom/ usually/ hardly ever/rarely  .)/ never.




    2) HOW MANY TIMES ...?  Most often numeral adjective is found in the answer. The use of all the auxiliaries is possible with this expression. 

    - How many times have you seen your favourite film? 5 times.

    - Tell me how many times you want me to take her to school. 4 times would enable me to rest a little.



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    1. “ do you see your big sister, Julie?” , when she comes back from her boarding school.”
    2. “ have you taken your little girl to the hairdresser’s?” “Twice only, because she wants to let her hair grow.”
    3. “I go to England for every holiday. have you been there?” “Once only, and I really felt lost and homesick…”
    4. “ do you want me to cook fish for you?” “I love fish, and it’s good for our health, I wouldn’t mind having fish twice a week.”
    5. “ have you done the washing up, this week?” “I know, twice only, but I will do it every day, next week.”
    6. “Lucy! shall I have to tell you to tidy up your room?” “Err, none, Mom, I understand it now…”
    7. “Mom, have I sorted out all these games?” “Dozens of times, girl, and don’t worry, you’ll do it many many times again…”
    8. “If only you respected the “ rule ”, girl, things would be easier…
    9. Remind me: “ should you tidy up this mess?”… ”Once a day, Mom, I know!”
    10. ' …and should we go to the park and play, Mom? At least , I bet!”

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