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twice a day vs twice every day

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,
Which would be used? I think (a) would be fine.
(a) Take this medicine twice a day.
(b) Take this medicine twice every day.
(c) Take this medicine two times a day.
(d) Take this medicine two times every day.
(e) Have this medicine twice a day.

Hirashin
 

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Each option suggests the same routine, really. (a) would be more commonly used when a doctor prescribes something. Although each option suggests a course of action, (a) is used when it is common knowledge that it is to be repeated over a period of time. Of course (b) is more descriptive, but it isn't usually needed. So I think you are correct in choosing (a). As a side note; (c) could be used in the same way as (a) - although isn't as natural sounding.
 

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Thanks for the help, Lacota.
Would (e) be used as well?
 

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Thanks for the help, Lacota.
Would (e) be used as well?

Yes, it could be used but it sounds a bit authoritative and demanding. Unless the doctor is in a bad mood, you probably wouldn't hear them say it quite like that. But grammatically there is nothing wrong with (e) - it is much the same as (a), really.
 

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Drop (e), it's out of place here. The others are pretty much the same.
 

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Thanks for the help, johnnyG. Do you think (e) is different from (a) ?
 

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Thanks, mdchachi. I'd like to hear Lacota's opinion.
 

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You can "have" a meal (or food) twice a day, but not medicine.

I'd understand, but it's awkward. I'd correct it if I got it on a paper from one of my students.
 
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