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    Default position of very rarely/very seldom

    Hello,

    How natural is a sentence with 'very rarely/seldom' at the end?

    (1) I very rarely use it. I very seldom see him.
    (2) I use it very rarely. I see him very seldom.

    I'd be grateful for some help,
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    Default Re: position of very rarely/very seldom

    Both positions are fine. My own feeling, confirmed by COCA, is that the end-poition is less common than the pre-verb position.

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    Default Re: position of very rarely/very seldom

    Thanks, 5jj. Would you say the same about 'seldom' and 'rarely' without 'very' precefing them?
    I'm asking because I've just read that "seldom/rarely' are not normally found at the end of sentences". I guess normally is the operative word, but I've become quite suspicious lately about what they write in books.

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    Default Re: position of very rarely/very seldom

    COCA confirms that 'seldom' and 'rarely' appear at the end of sentences seldom/rarely.

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