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    Word order

    Hello. This is a question about word order.

    We say, "She has been to Italy a number of times."
    Can we also say, "She has been a number of times to Italy." ??

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Word order

    In my opinion, if you say that, it will quickly mark you out as a non-native speaker. It is understandable so we would know what you mean, but it's not natural. It's not grammatically incorrect but it is a rarely used construction.

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    #3

    Re: Word order

    Thank you very much!

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    #4

    Re: Word order

    would 'many times' , 'several times' fix it?
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    #5

    Re: Word order

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    would 'many times' , 'several times' fix it?
    No.

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    #6

    Re: Word order

    So if I want to say that I've been to some place many times, how am I supposed to say it? since the example [she has

    been to Italy many times] isnt' natural, then I suppose that saying I've been there many times isn't natural as well.
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    #7

    Re: Word order

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    So if I want to say that I've been to some place many times, how am I supposed to say it? since the example [she has

    been to Italy many times] isnt' natural, then I suppose that saying I've been there many times isn't natural as well.
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    I don't see anything unnatural about "I've been there many/several times".
    However, the sentence "She has been a number of times to Italy." is unnatural as emsr stated in #2.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: Word order

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    So if I want to say that I've been to some place many times, how am I supposed to say it? since the example [she has

    been to Italy many times] isnt' natural, then I suppose that saying I've been there many times isn't natural as well.
    No-one said that putting "a number of times", "many times" etc at the end of the sentence was unnatural. The very first sentence you quoted "She has been to Italy a number of times" is absolutely fine.

    She has been to Italy a number of times.
    I have been on holiday many times.
    They have visited Greece several times.

    The word order that I said was unnatural was when you put "many/several/a number of + times" in the middle of the sentence, before the destination.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Word order

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    since the example [she has been to Italy many times] isnt' natural, then I suppose that saying I've been there many times isn't natural as well.
    bhai did not say that 'She has been to italy many times' was unnatural.

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    #10

    Re: Word order

    Oh, I see it. Sorry. I guess I misread it.
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