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    frequently or often?

    "Where two or more of the main avenues cross, there is often a parklike circle, named for a prominent historical personage who is usually represented in the middle of the circle by a bronze equestrian statue."

    Which adverb is better "often" or "frequently"? Is it "historical personage" or "historic personage"?

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    Re: frequently or often?

    often = frequently. I can see no difference.

    To my ears "historical personage" is preferable, but dictionaries seem to equate historical and historic.

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    Re: frequently or often?

    Ostap, have you tried to answer this question yourself? There are plenty of threads about the difference between "historic" and "historical", on this forum and on others.

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    Re: frequently or often?

    I object to "personage" if you care. Why not say "person"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Smile Re: frequently or often?

    Well the only person who used personage was the author of ostap's quotation, and she or he is not listening.

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    Re: frequently or often?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Well the only person who used personage was the author of ostap's quotation, and she or he is not listening.
    Exactly. And since Ostap wants to interfere with the author's quotation, he might as well change "personage" (which I don't like either), to "person".

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    Re: frequently or often?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Exactly. And since Ostap wants to interfere with the author's quotation, he might as well change "personage" (which I don't like either), to "person".
    Would "personage" seem unnatural and is rarely used in the context?

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    Re: frequently or often?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would "personage" seem unnatural and is rarely used in the context?
    It's outdated and unnecessary. I wouldn't like to be called a personage, and if I used the term, it would be ironically or facetiously:
    "Someone, in the personage of ostap77, asked the following question: ..."

    But you will find it used for important people in various contexts.

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