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every now and then

Meaning: If something happens every now and then, it happens occasionally, but not too often.

For example:

  • Every now and then we stay in bed all day and watch old movies on TV.

  • I go and have a lovely full-body massage every now and then, and I always feel great afterwards.

Note: "Every now and again", "every so often" and "every once in a while" have the same meaning. We can also say "now and then", "now and again" and "once in a while" to mean the same thing.

Quick Quiz:

While I was living in New York, every now and then I would
  1. get out of bed
  2. go to see a baseball game
  3. see another person

Discuss: every now and then

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