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    Default Less frequent than 'would, or used to'

    Hello!

    A. Plane accidents would happen.
    B. Plane accidents used to happen.

    I introduce the two sentences as an example to express things which have happened from the past up to the present. But they sound as if accidents had happened to a considerable degree.

    In order to express the rarity of plane accidents;
    1. The addition of suitable adverbs such as rarely, seldom, hardly ever … etc.
    2. There are other expressions in place of ‘would, used to’.

    As for 1, no example sentences have been found yet other than on websites.
    As for 2,
    Plane accidents have rarely happened.
    There have rarely been plane accidents.

    Are there any other ideas, please, preferably not using adverbs?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Less frequent than 'would, or used to'

    Hello, Gillnetter!

    Thank you very much for your reply

    Aircraft is thought to be one of the safest means of transportation. This is a statistical fact, a fact which has been obtained considering its casualties over a certain long period of time.

    Would you please show me a sentence which is appropriate to describe this situation from the statistical point of view?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Less frequent than 'would, or used to'

    'Plane accidents' probably occur fairly regularly without human fatalities (eg engines shutting off or the undercarriage not opening fully). Do you mean 'plane disasters'? If so, simply:

    Plane disasters are rare.

    or if you want to say this has been the case for a given period time (I assume not 'always' since I imagine disasters were quite frequent in the early days of aviation):

    Plane disasters have long since been rare.
    There have been very few plane disasters
    ...in the last [specify number] years/decades.
    ...since [point in time].
    ...in recent times.

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