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    Default many times/often

    a. I have gone there often.
    b. I have gone there many times.
    c. I have gone there frequently.

    Is there a difference between the meaning of these sentences?

    Don't a and c imply some kind of regularity?

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    Default Re: many times/often

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. I have gone there often.
    b. I have gone there many times.
    c. I have gone there frequently.

    Is there a difference between the meaning of these sentences?

    Don't a and c imply some kind of regularity?
    'I've gone there' is not typical English usage. Common choices are:
    I've been there; I went there; I used to go there.
    I've been to London often (many times, frequently).
    I went to (used to go to) London often (many times, frequently)when I was in England.

    To your questions:
    They mean pretty much the same, except that 'often' and 'frequently' are relative, and not necessarily 'many times'. To me, "I've been to London often" might mean 4-5 times (since I live in Australia).
    'Regularly' has two usages. 1) Often, frequently. 2) With a fixed interval.

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    Default Re: many times/often

    a. Last March, I watched the film 3:10 to Yuma many times.
    b. Last March, I watched the film 3:10 to Yuma often.
    c. Last March, I watched the film 3:10 to Yuma frequently.

    Now, let's say that I have watched that film fifteen times in the space of three days in March. Would you use b or c in this case?

    Let' say I have watched that films three times on the 2nd of March and four times on the third and five times on the 29th. Would you use b or c in this case.

    I am aware that frequently and often are different from regularly, but I think they both carry the idea of frequency.

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    Default Re: many times/often

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. Last March, I watched the film 3:10 to Yuma many times.
    b. Last March, I watched the film 3:10 to Yuma often.
    c. Last March, I watched the film 3:10 to Yuma frequently.

    Now, let's say that I have watched that film fifteen times in the space of three days in March. Would you use b or c in this case?

    a. I wouldn't use b or c.

    Let' say I have watched that films three times on the 2nd of March and four times on the third and five times on the 29th. Would you use b or c in this case.

    a.
    I wouldn't use b or c in the past tense like this. I would in present tense though.
    I clean my teeth many times. Not correct, since you need to add a time frame.

    I clean my teeth frequently. Generally would mean about 3+ times a day.
    I clean my teeth often. Less specific. Could mean 'every day' depending on the speaker's understanding of 'often'.

    I am aware that frequently and often are different from regularly, but I think they both carry the idea of frequency.
    I agree that there's not a lot of difference between often and frequently.
    They carry the meaning of regularly only if regularly is used in definition 1. of my last post.
    If I visit my dentist regularly every year, that doesn't imply frequently or often. Similarly if I take a regular bath on the 1st day of every month.

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