doesn't often

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doesn't often

Post by navi » Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:28 am

a. He doesn't often watch movies he has acted in.
b. He often doesn't watch movies he has acted in.

Is there a difference in the meanings?

I think there is.

In (b), he often refrains from watching those movies. In (a), it is not often that he watches them.

Many thanks.
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Re: doesn't often

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:40 am

I would take a) as likely meaning “He doesn't keep watching the movies he has acted in".

You can substitute the title of an actual movie to see this more clearly, e.g. "He doesn't often watch The Wizard of Oz".
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Re: doesn't often

Post by tony h » Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:33 pm

a. He doesn't often watch movies he has acted in. He only watches his movies occasionally.
b. He often doesn't watch movies he has acted in. He does watch his films but not all of them.
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