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    hi,

    Are these sentences right?


    It has happened to me sometimes
    It has sometimes happened to me

    Thanks

    abrilsp

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    Those are both good.

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    Thanks RonBee,



    What about 'sometimes it has happened to me'

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    Quote Originally Posted by abrilsp
    Thanks RonBee,
    You're welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by abrilsp
    What about 'sometimes it has happened to me'
    That is good too.

    :)

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    'Sometimes' is a very flexible adverb of frequency. Not all behave like it, though. 'Never' rarely takes end position and you have to invert the verb and subject if you put it at the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Sometimes' is a very flexible adverb of frequency. Not all behave like it, though. 'Never' rarely takes and position and you have to invert the verb and subject if you put it at the beginning.
    Do you mean that never rarely takes the end position?

    Never at the beginning of the sentence:
    • Never does that ever happen.

    Never at the end of a sentence:
    • That happens never!


    I would use the second one only in a poem or for a rhetorical flourish.

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    Thanks- I did mean 'end position'. It is rare, but it does happen sometimes, such as the instances you give.

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