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    Question Grammar

    Please tell me if there is a difference in meaning and grammar point between these questions:
    - Do you go out at night often?
    - Do you often go out at night?
    What question is common in Speaking and in Writing?

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    Re: Grammar

    An adverb of frequency is usually placed in the middle of the verb phrase or in the 1st position when modifying the whole sentence. ‘Go out’ is a phrasal verb and ‘often’ is the adverb, so ‘often go out’ would normally be the word order. Adverb of place is usually placed in the last position. I often go out at night, for example. To turn it into a question, I would say, “Do you often go out at night?” I honoestly don't think the 2 question forms you have make much difference.

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    Question Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    An adverb of frequency is usually placed in the middle of the verb phrase or in the 1st position when modifying the whole sentence. ‘Go out’ is a phrasal verb and ‘often’ is the adverb, so ‘often go out’ would normally be the word order. Adverb of place is usually placed in the last position. I often go out at night, for example. To turn it into a question, I would say, “Do you often go out at night?” I honestly don't think the 2 question forms you have make much difference.
    Altough it's best to use adverbs of frequency in mid-position, yet usually, normally, often, frequently, sometimes and occasionally can also go at the beginning or end of a clause, for example: (1) I go there quite often.(2) Ann doesn't drink tea very often. But when it comes to making an interrogative sentence with often, it's not common to put it at the end. It sounds odd when you say this way.I'd suggest using it in mid-position when asking a question e.g. " Do you often go out at night?" Whereas the second style you mentioned above is also being heard these days but not considered to be standard.You have the choice.
    Hope this helps.
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