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"On and off" is a phrase which is often translated as "a intervalos", and "now and then" is an adverb which is often translated as "a veces". Learn more about the difference between "on and off" and "now and then" below.
on and off
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. a intervalos
I was only working on and off during those months.Solo trabajaba a intervalos durante esos meses.
b. intermitentemente
Rafi wasn't an official member of the band, but he played with them off and on.Rafi no era un miembro fijo de la banda, pero tocaba con ellos intermitentemente.
c. de vez en cuando
We weren't really in a committed relationship. We just saw each other on and off.No manteníamos una relación comprometida exactamente. Solo nos veíamos de vez en cuando.
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now and then
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (occasionally)
a. a veces
Mario plays basketball now and then. He usually works on weekends.A veces, Mario juega baloncesto. Usualmente él trabaja los fines de semana.
b. de vez en cuando
We go to the beach now and then. We're just so busy.De vez en cuando vamos a la playa. Estamos tan ocupados.
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