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    Default How often does it/this/that happen

    Hi

    I have a situation where my riding pass got captured by machine (how do you call these machines that you put down your pass they read it, bring it up and open the gate?). Then I asked the transportation employee,

    'How often does it happen' and realized that there was a pause I was thinking of using it/that/this :)
    So which of these there options would you consider acceptable in the described scenario.

    1. How often does it happen?
    2. How often does this happen?
    3. How often does that happen?

    I, personally, would assume that only 1 and 3 are natural, whereas I feel 3 involves more emotions.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: How often does it/this/that happen

    If you're talking to them at the time of the problem, then all are possible, though 2 is the most natural for me.

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    Default Re: How often does it/this/that happen

    If you could tell any difference between those, that would help me a lot in understanding their fit into that sentence.
    If there is no difference, that would confuse me even more..

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    Default Re: How often does it/this/that happen

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    If you could tell any difference between those, that would help me a lot in understanding their fit into that sentence.
    If there is no difference, that would confuse me even more..
    There is no difference in meaning. I agree with Tdol that #2 is the most natural, but I think 3 is more natural than 1.

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    Default Re: How often does it/this/that happen

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I, personally, would assume that only 1 and 3 are natural, whereas I feel 3 involves more emotions.
    If I were very angry and shouting, 3 might be the one I'd use.

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