Examiner: How often do you go to the cinema?
Candidate: Er.. Sometimes.
Examiner: Yes, but how often?
Although it is grammatically correct to respond to the question ‘How often?’ with ‘sometimes’, you still haven’t answered the question. Always try to give more information no matter how infrequently you do something.
After ‘How often’ try to respond with a number + times + and a period:
Adverbs of frequency – sometimes, always, seldom, etc – are more common in response to the question ‘Do/Are you ever?’:
But even in these situations it’s a good idea to give additional information. Why only ‘sometimes’? Why ‘rarely’? etc.
Would anybody like to try and complete the question from this post’s featured image? How often..? (Add your questions to the comments below this post)
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