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How Often

  • A: How often do you work out*?
  • B: Every day.

*work out = physical exercise, especially in a gym or fitness club, but also can include any exercise. “I had a great workout at the swimming pool this morning.”

How often = questions can be answered in many ways.

  • Every day (second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, etc.)
  • Every second day
  • Every week
  • Every month
  • Every six months
  • Every year
  • Once a day (a second, a minute, an hours, a week/a month/a year, etc.)
  • Twice a day
  • Three times a day
  • Four times a day

In descending order of frequency

  • Always/Constantly
  • Usually/Often
  • Frequently
  • Normally
  • Sometimes
  • Occasionally
  • From time to time
  • Never
  • Most of the time
  • Most weekdays
  • Most evenings
  • Most Mondays

About or around is used if you don’t want to be exact, or can’t give an exact number.

  • How often do you go skiing?
  • About 6 times a year
  • How often do you go shopping?
  • Around twice a week

Answer the following questions:

  • How often do you work out?
  • How often do you surf the net*.
  • How often do you play computer games*?

Note: the plural is used because this is a generality. It is almost always used when speaking about computer games NOT computer game. So, don’t say, I like computer game-say, I like computer games. If you use the name of the computer game, just put the name.

Now ask your keypal these questions!

  • How often do you play Warcraft?
  • How often do you get angry? Why do you usually get angry?
  • How often do you lie? What do you usually lie about?
  • How often do you worry?
  • How often do you meditate?
  • How often do you scream?
  • How often do you read labels?