Do you use "oftentimes" often? What else can I use instead of "oftentimes"?
"Oftentimes" is an adverb phrase that is used as a word and means "many times", "a lot of times", or "frequently". It has nearly the exact meaning as "often", and "often" can almost always replace "oftentimes". However, "oftentimes" cannot always replace "often". "Oftentimes" is less common to use than "often" but it is more common in American English than in British English. Sometimes "oftentimes" is used to sound less formal than "often", which can sound formal especially when used at the beginning of a sentence. Here's an example of this: Ex: Oftentimes I consider adopting a dog. Ex: Often I consider adopting a dog.
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