Does one imply a much greater frequency? What about register? Is the difference between and saying 有时 and 会偶尔 very big, or is it in all cases quite close?

  • 有时 is very formal and can only be found in the written language. 有的时候 is colloquial. – gonnastop Apr 4 '12 at 16:50

To me, 有时 and 偶尔 are interchangeable under ANY circumstances.

Depending on personal preference, feel free to pick either one when expressing once in a while.

  • My apologies. You should listen to Terry LiYifeng. – Bathrobe Jan 12 '12 at 11:53

To me 有时 feels more like "sometimes" and 偶尔 feels more like "occasionally".

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