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    #11

    Re: don't + sometimes

    'I don't generally travel...' is fine. 'I don't occasionally travel...' is not. We would say 'I always travel...' or 'I never travel...' in that case.
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    #12

    Re: don't + sometimes

    Okay. I understand that it has a different meaning than intended if the words are put like this. It seems to modify only "travel" instead of "don't travel" if the words are placed this way.

    But, if I got it right, we can use these:
    Occasionally, I don't travel by car. I go by bus instead.
    I occasionally don't go by car. I go by bus.

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    #13

    Re: don't + sometimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    Learners prefer hearing "always" or "never".
    Learners here will be very disappointed in that case! Generally, we try not to use either word. Whenever we do, some smarty-pants comes up with an exception to whatever rule we've just said is an absolute.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #14

    Re: don't + sometimes

    Let's be clear: we English language teachers are always careful never to say 'always' although it is not always true that one should never say it.

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