Avoid this mistake when talking about FREQUENCY
Welcome to this online English lesson about that will help you talk about how often something happened or will happen. Start by watching this video:
When talking about how many times you do something (the frequency), DON’T use the word for.
When talking about how long something lasts or takes (the duration), use for.
I have read Harry Potter 5 times. (frequency – no for)
I read Harry Potter for 4 hours last night. (duration – yes for)
I go on vacation 3 times every year. (frequency – no for)
I will be on vacation for 2 weeks in March. (duration – yes for)
Now let's test your knowledge with some exercises.
Is each sentence correct or incorrect?
1 – I watched the movie for 3 times.
incorrect – we are talking about frequency, so don’t include “for”
I watched the movie 3 times.
2 – Yesterday, I ran for 60 minutes.
correct – we are talking about duration, so do include “for”
3 – I took two naps for 60 minutes each, but I’m still tired.
correct – the “for” is in front of 60 minutes (which is a duration), so we include “for”
4 – I visited Munich for 3 times last year, and I want to go back again this year for Oktoberfest.
incorrect – 3 times is a frequency, so don’t use “for”
5 – I cleaned my apartment for 2 full days, but it still looks dirty.
correct – we use “for” because we are talking about a duration (2 full days)
Answer the following questions. Write your answers in the comments below to get personalized feedback.
1 – How many times do you go on vacation per year? And how long were you on vacation in total?
2 – How often do you talk to your family or friends on the phone per week?
3 – Have you ever been to the US? How many times have you been there?
4 – How long do you sleep most nights?