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    twice or two times?

    I am a junior high school student in Osaka, Japan.

    My Enlgish teacher gave us a question:
    "I have watched baseball games two times." Correct this sentence.

    She will tell us the answer in her next class, but I can't wait.

    I think she wants us to change "two times" to "twice".
    I asked some dictionaries, but I don't know what is the difference between "two times" and "twice".

    Will you native English speakers please show me the way?

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    Re: twice or two times?

    "Twice" is more natural in this case. The meaning is the same.

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    Re: twice or two times?

    Thank you for your answer, SoothingDave!
    I remember "twice" is more natural in this sentence and the meaning is the same...

    Then "two times" is not always a wrong expression. Right?

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    Re: twice or two times?

    It's not wrong here at all, just not natural.

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    Re: twice or two times?

    My teacher said we should not use 'two times' but 'twice'...


    Thank you very much!

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    Re: twice or two times?

    I was taught that at school too many years ago in the UK. However, two times is increasingly common. Thrice (three times) is hardly ever used nowadays, and two times may replace twice. I agree with SoothingDave that twice is more natural here, but it may be different in fifty years.

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    Re: twice or two times?

    You mean "twice" may disappear in fifty years or so like "thrice" did.
    Enlgish is alive and very interesting to me.

    Thank you very much for your kind answer!

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    Re: twice or two times?

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    You mean "twice" may disappear in fifty years or so like "thrice" did.
    It may; it's certainly less common than it was, but both forms may co-exist. English does change a lot over time.

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