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    Here is a sentence
    I have been to Harbin for ten times.
    Shall we plus "for" in front of the times?
    Or we can say I have been to harbin ten times?
    Which is correct? Or both of them are O.K.?

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    Default Re: Is the sentence grammartically correct?

    Chris.
    "I have been to Harbin ten times" is correct.
    ".. for ten times" is not correct.

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: Is the sentence grammartically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Wang View Post
    Here is a sentence
    I have been to Harbin for ten times.
    Shall we plus "for" in front of the times?
    Or we can say I have been to harbin ten times?
    Which is correct? Or both of them are O.K.?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Teacher Wang,


    (1) Member JMurray has given you and me an excellent answer.

    (2) May I add some comments?

    (3) You probably want a "rule" in case your students ask you.

    Am I right?

    (4) I think that I found a "rule" in A Comprehensive Grammar of

    the English Language.

    (5) As you know, the adverbs in bold are adverbs of frequency

    (how often you do something):

    I have often been to Harbin.
    I have never been to Harbin.
    I have occasionally been to Harbin.

    (6) Sometimes in English, we do not use an adverb. We use a

    noun phrase.

    (7) When we use a noun phrase for frequency (how often you

    do something), the book gives this "rule":

    Use every/ each + a noun (hour, day, year, etc.)

    Use a quantifier or numeral (several, four) + times.

    Do NOT use a preposition (such as for).

    So we could say:

    I have been to Harbin four times.

    I have visited Harbin every month this year.

    I have gone to Harbin each year since 1990.

    (8) It seems that times is a very special word. If you use

    the word occasion, then you DO use a preposition:

    I have been to Harbin on four occasions.

    (NOT: I have been to Harbin four occasions.)

    (9) Here are some more examples from that book:

    (a) She has been to Singapore once. ( = one + time)

    (b) I visit England three times a year.

    (c) I perform operations three days each week.

    (d) Meetings take place weekly. ( = once [one time] a week)

    (e) Each summer I spend my vacation in Bermuda.

    *****

    I wish to credit:

    Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik,

    A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (London and

    New York: Longman, 1985).

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