sometimes vs often

sometimes

Definitions

adverb

  1. on certain occasions or in certain cases but not always

Examples

It's good to have a cry sometimes.

He specialized in moonlit and winter scenes, usually including a sheet of water and sometimes also involving the light of a fire, and he also painted sunsets and views at dawn or twilight.

The hat, I think the style was called fedora, had a dark band and a dint in the top, which my father would sometimes correct with a chopping action of his right hand.

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often

Definitions

adverb

  1. many times at short intervals
  2. in many cases or instances
  3. frequently or in great quantities

Examples

The mysterious jack snipe is a typical bird of the often water-logged northern taiga, birch and willow country.

Unless contraindicated, prophylaxis with a gastrointestinal motility stimulant laxative and a stool softener is appropriate in terminally ill patients who are being given opioids.

The caller urges the often elderly victims to transfer their money to a'safe' account set up in their name.

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