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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”).

Construction:
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”

Example(s):
一人で夜に散歩することがある。
Hitori de yoru ni sanpo suru koto ga aru.
“Sometimes I’ll go for an evening stroll by myself.”

流暢に英語が話せるが、簡単な言葉の意味を忘れることがある。
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.”

部屋で一日を過ごすことがある。
Heya de ichinichi o sugosu koto ga aru
“There are times when I’ll just spend the whole day in my room.”

たまに外で食事をすることがある。
Tama ni soto de shokuji o suru koto ga aru
“Occasionally, I’ll have my meal outside.”

少しも眠れないことがある。
Sukoshi mo nemurenai koto ga aru.
“There are times when I can’t get even one good bit of sleep.”

お返事が遅いことがあります。
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”