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Is it correct to write

This often is done for something.

rather than

This is often done for something.

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  • Sure, take a look. The latter is far more common, but that doesn't make the alternative "incorrect". – J.R. Sep 20 '18 at 12:28
  • The first one is extremely awkward unless there is a reason to use it as in academic writing. often often precedes happen or occur, but not the verb to be: This often occurs [when]. – Lambie May 25 '19 at 20:07
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My thought that the variant "This is often done for something" sounds more grammatically correct.

Because the adverbs of frequency have to precede the main verb. Actually the adverb is put before the word it's modifying.

But your alternative variant "This often is done for something" definitely make sense, though it sounds a bit as a colloquial expression.

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