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Does an adverb of frequency usually occur after the verb? How should I say "how often do you play sports?"




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What are you trying to say? I don't think I quite understand the intended meaning. – Stumpy Joe Pete Oct 22 '13 at 0:13
How often do you play sports? – user3399 Oct 22 '13 at 0:48
"你多久运动一次?" means "How often do you play sports?" And "你运动多久一次?" means "How long does it last when you do sports for one time?" -- but only in spoken language, "你运动多久一次?" sounds a little ill-formed. – Stan Oct 22 '13 at 1:15

Actually a frequency adverb should be put before a verb. For example:

我(Wǒ)常(chánɡ)常(chánɡ)游(yóu)泳(yǒnɡ)。 ( I always swim.)

我(Wǒ)周(zhōu)末(mò)偶(ǒu)尔(ěr)去(qù)逛(ɡuànɡ)街(jiē)。( I go for shopping on weekends occasionally.)

And “ How often do you play sports ?” could be translated as: 你(Nǐ)多(duō)久(jiǔ)运(yùn)动(dònɡ)一(yí)次(cì)?( how often = 多(duō)久(jiǔ) )

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The second one is correct to express "How often do you play sports?"

BTW, I would like to give a comment to @Stan, that "你一次运动多久?" is better to express "How long does it last when you do sports for one time?". It's weird to say "你运动多久一次?".

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+1 grammatically perfect to say like "你一次运动多久?". – Stan Oct 23 '13 at 11:29

The second one is better (as the first is a little grammatically off):


Although there's not really a hard and fast rule around whether it should be before or after the verb; from what I understand it should be based on the rest of the sentence structure. For example, these both work:



Perhaps it's best said that it goes before if it's being used as a descriptor for something (as in 多久 __ 一次) but not if it's used on its own / as the "length of time / how long" noun (as in 一次 多久)

[[nb. i might be terribly wrong. so take with a grain of salt like everything else on the internet :P]]

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