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When you are talking about how often something happens, there are many expressions to describe the midde ground between often and occasionally. Here are ten phrases.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. fairly often...
  2. more often than not...
  3. (at least) half the time...
  4. almost every other day...
  5. several times a week / a year
  6. every so often...
  7. now and then...
  8. from time to time...
  9. once in a while...
  10. on a good day...
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. Phrases 1, 2, and 3 are quite positive. When we use 'at least' with phrase 3 it means more than half of the time.
  2. Phrase 4 means a little less than half the time.
  3. In Phrase 5, several sounds quite positive. It means a number more than 3. It also says that 3 times a week is often.
  4. Phrases 6, 7, 8, and 9 are less often. they are similar in meaning to 'occasionally'.
  5. Phrase 10 suggests that something doesn't happen very often but that when it happens, it's a good thing.
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