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adverb often pronunciation in American English /ˈɔf(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    on many occasions, or in many situations

    The home is often the most likely place in which someone is injured.

    fairly/quite often:

    I’ve found that it’s quite often impossible to park near the mall entrance.

    often enough (=on enough occasions to achieve a particular result):

    I’ve already told you not to argue often enough.

    very often:

    Very often it turns out that the student hasn’t understood the question.

  2. 2
    used for talking about how many times something happens in a particular period of time

    I’ve been swimming twice as often as I did last year.

    how often?:

    How often do you eat meat?

    fairly/quite often:

    I work out fairly often.

    very often:

    He’s been late for school very often this term.


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