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Rule "not often, not very often (seldom. rare, rarely)"

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Description: not often, not very often (seldom. rare, rarely)
By default, this rule is not active in LanguageTool because its category is not active by default
Message: Avoid using "not". Did you mean seldom, rare or rarely?
Category: Plain English (ID: PLAIN_ENGLISH)
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • It is not very often that a hotel exceeds your expectations.
    Correction suggestion: seldom, rare, rarely
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • It is rare that a hotel exceeds your expectations.
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ID: NOT_VERY_OFTEN [1]
Version: 5.9-SNAPSHOT (2022-08-18 20:33:03 +0000)