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How-to say “sometimes ____” with Dictionary-Form-VERB + ことがある

How-to say “sometimes ____” with Dictionary-Form-VERB + ことがある

The grammar pattern Dictionary-Form-VERB + ことがある is used to express “sometimes VERB” or “there are times when VERB” (the latter definition being more represented of another grammar pattern, がある’s influence).

*While the Dictionary-Form of a VERB word is most commonly used, there are times when ADJECTIVE words and Negative Form can be used as well.

*Sometimes, particle other than が will be used for additional nuance (e.g. は to emphasize a contrast or も to mean “also”).

Dictionary-Form VERB + ことがある = “there are times when VERB (is done)”
ADJECTIVE + ことがある = “there are times when ADJECTIVE”

Hitori de yoru ni sanpo suru koto ga aru.
“Sometimes I’ll go for an evening stroll by myself.”

Ryuuchou ni eigo ga hanaseru ga, kantan na kotoba no imi o wasureru koto ga aru.
“I can speak English fluently, but there are times when I forget the definitions of simple words.”

Heya de ichinichi o sugosu koto ga aru
“There are times when I’ll just spend the whole day in my room.”

Tama ni soto de shokuji o suru koto ga aru
“Occasionally, I’ll have my meal outside.”

Sukoshi mo nemurenai koto ga aru.
“There are times when I can’t get even one good bit of sleep.”

Ohenji ga osoi koto ga arimasu
“Sometimes it takes a while to respond.”

Similar Grammar Pattern(s):
Past-Plain-た-Form-VERB + ことがある as “have VERBed before”