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08:08 Aug 25, 2001
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English term or phrase: Oftener or more often?
Sometimes simple things turn out to be a kind of a problem. Which is correct grammatically or can both be used? If so, which tends to be colloquial?
Thank you.
Tork
Tork
English translation:Oftener / more often
Explanation:
Dear Tork,

Michael Swan on page 122 of his "Practical English Usage" (Oxford)states this:

"Often" sometimes has comparative and superlative "oftener" and "Oftenest", but forms with "more/most" are more common.

So, both are correct, though "more often" is much more common than "oftener". I think you should use "oftener" if the text is very formal.

Hope it helps :)

Flavio
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namore often
Irene Fried
naOftener / more often
Flavio Ferri-Benedetti


  

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Oftener / more often


Explanation:
Dear Tork,

Michael Swan on page 122 of his "Practical English Usage" (Oxford)states this:

"Often" sometimes has comparative and superlative "oftener" and "Oftenest", but forms with "more/most" are more common.

So, both are correct, though "more often" is much more common than "oftener". I think you should use "oftener" if the text is very formal.

Hope it helps :)

Flavio


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Flavio Ferri-Benedetti
Spain
Local time: 07:39
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian, Native in SpanishSpanish
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neutral  wisenbrilliant: IT'S COMMONER NOT "MORE COMMON"
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more often


Explanation:
Below please find two definitions for oftener:

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

Often \Of`ten\, adv. [Compar. {Oftener}; superl. {Oftenest}.]
[Formerly also ofte, fr. oft. See {Oft}., adv.]
Frequently; many times; not seldom.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 [wn]:

oftener
adv : more often or more frequently
________

Although oftener seems also to be correct, I would use more often.
More often is also given by leo dict.(which also lists oftener), and by the PONS dictionary.

So I guess it's rather a style question and personal preference.

HTH,
Irene :-)


    Reference: http://projects.ghostwheel.com/dictionary?define=more+often
    Reference: http://dict.leo.org
Irene Fried
Germany
Local time: 07:39
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in GreekGreek
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