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    at various times over the years

    Hello,

    I have been confused about the words various and different.

    This is an example sentence from NY Times:

    At various times over the years, as their investments only widened and deepened, they were blind to what the lawsuit calls a litany of alarms sounded by those close to them, by fellow investors and by financial institutions.

    Could it be at different times? I feel not.

    Has there already been a post or a link to explain the difference between these words?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: at various times over the years

    At various times suggests a number of occasions, but at different times could be only two.

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