The use of "Often"

by Geli

Here is a question regarding the use of "often" and the "subjunctive" in English. What is the correct way to say the following in English?:

- I hope the website will be updated often (my friend's option) Correct!!

- I hope the web is oftenly updated (my 2nd choice Sorry...incorrect
- I hope the web to be oftenly updated
Also incorrect

The problem arises, from my point of view, when Spanish people try to express the subjunctive in English language.

I'd also like to congratulate you on your website. I think it is really good! I hope all of us contribute to keep it updated. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Kind regards,
Dear Geli,
First of all, you are welcome!
I am so glad that you like the website and that it is helping you. (It is going to help you more in the future...AUDIO IS COMING!!!)

From your question I have to tell you that your friend is correct. We can not say oftenly because "often" is already a frequency adverb (used for habitual behaviour...).

You could say that you hope the website is updated frequently (or frequently updated). Frequetly because it doesn't exist.

Thanks for the great question. Also I corrected your use of "wish"...I believe you meant to say "hope". Visit this article for a clear explination on the differences between "hope" "wait" and "expect".

Would you like an answer without waiting?

You can answer all your grammar questions yourself and in the comfort of your own home?

How? It is simple. Get a copy of
Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan.

I can honestly say that this grammar reference guide is the best I have ever used and I use it daily answering all of your grammar questions; including this question.

Why wait for my answer? When the answer is just a page number away?

Get this book now and start solving your grammar questions!

Click on the image above to buy the book safely and quickly through

Have a wonderful day everyone!

- Diana :)

Visit the English Grammar section for more Grammar advice.

Visit the Helping You Learn English Home Page

Comments for The use of "Often"

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 01, 2009
To be or not to be, that's the question :)
by: Miguel

Hi all!
I've read the corrections and I think all of them are focused on the use of the adverb "often" when the main question was about the correct use of the subjunctive in the sentence.

So, I'm still in doubt about that topic.

How should we say that we hope you update your website often?

"I hope the website will be updated often"
"I hope the website is updated frequently"
"I hope the website to be updated often"

All the best.
Hi Miguel, You are right...I did focus on the use of "often". Out of your examples the first two are correct and can be used (although I changed the second one to use "frequently" rather than often.) The third example is incorrect. -Diana

Jan 30, 2009
Thanks a lot for your prompt reply
by: Geli

Dear Diana:

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply to my question.
I'm still laughing of at myself¬° What such an imagination, I've got: "oftenly" JAJAJA (In English we lauph with HAHAHA :)
What about was I thinking in?

Thanks again for your explanation in relation to the subjunctive use in English.

Have a nice day too!

Click here to add your own comments

Return to ask your grammar questions here..

Still looking?  Search the site for exactly what you need using the site search box below.

Happy exploring!

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Discover these Amazing ESL Materials!

It's English Time! English Express! 5 Simple Steps to Better Writing! English Harmony 2.0! Pronunciation Power!
Effortless English! Best Accent Training! Ola Zur! English Grammar Revolution! English Success

Sign-up For The Learn English Newsletter

Your E-mail Address
Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Learn English Newsletter.