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    Dear Teachers,

    - How does he often finish his work? He often finishes his work late.
    - Are these sentences grammatical?

    Thanks a million!

    Namsteven

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    - How does he often finish his work? He often finishes his work late.
    - Are these sentences grammatical?

    Thanks a million!

    Namsteven
    The second is certainly grammatical. Whether the first is, depends on your definition of 'grammatical'; in most contexts it doesn't make sense - using an adverb in the question implies that you know something already about the verb.

    I said in most contexts; but imagine a classroom where a student is going to say "Massimo often finishes his work late" - but the teacher arrives in the middle of the sentence and the speaker stops before the last word. The teacher might say 'Go on Pablo - how does he often finish his work?' But this is a very unusual question, and the teacher would probably only use it if his students were advanced enough to know it.

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