Often/frequently/repeatedly

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the_pakalypse
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Often/frequently/repeatedly

Postby the_pakalypse » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:33 pm

Do these words fall under "some" or "most"?

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Re: Often/frequently/repeatedly

Postby 20130312 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:53 pm

Neither! Be very careful of making that mistake.

Most is a majority (anything >50%)
Some is at least one (anywhere in the range from one to all)

Often, frequently, and repeatedly are much more ambiguous terms and cannot be quantified.

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Re: Often/frequently/repeatedly

Postby revahp00 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:18 am

If we were to use a scale from 1-100

Some would be anywhere from 1-99
Most would be anywhere from 50-99

'Often' does NOT equal most.
'Typically' does NOT equal most.

'Usually' DOES equal most

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Re: Often/frequently/repeatedly

Postby ColtsFan88 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:45 pm

Some is 1-100. Some can equal "all". Be careful.

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Re: Often/frequently/repeatedly

Postby suspicious android » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:53 pm

These words can be treated interchangeably with "sometimes", which is just "some" for sentences dealing with time rather than quantity. However, these are all plural, so they can't actually refer to a singular event, whereas "some" very occasionally does refer to a single item.

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Re: Often/frequently/repeatedly

Postby 20130312 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:14 pm

ColtsFan88 wrote:Some is 1-100. Some can equal "all". Be careful.


Credited. In circumstances with unknowns, most could also equal all. So let's say there are four cups. Three of them are red, but we can't see the fourth and don't know what color it is. We know that most of the cups are red, regardless of the fourth, but it very well could be that all of them are red.




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