I would like to know whether there is a difference in meaning of the following phrases:
1. Every now and then;
2. Every once in a while. I know that they both mean occasionally, but is that all? There are no any other differences?

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  • Funny that you ask the question.., I was going through my NASB version bible and looking at the historical books, the books of 1,2 Samuel, 1,2 Kings, 1, 2 Chronicles and the prophets.. Almost every single chapter begins with the words ' Now', 'And' & ''Then'.. Not only the chapters, but most of the paragraphs as well.. Now I'm thinking.., maybe there is a broader context to the application and use of these particular words..? Then again, maybe it is purely a random expression because it is so universal..? I noticed that I have applied the same principle in the above paragraph. 😄😄😄‼️ – user32028 Mar 25 '16 at 11:32

Nope, there is no real difference that I can see. I'd love to see an example, in context, where there is a difference in meaning, but I'm not seeing one at all. Further, I would say that the two phrases are equivalent as far as how commonly they are used and how easily they will be understood.

At this point, I will say that they are interchangeable.

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    Thank you, Jolene! As far as “how easily they will be understood” I can bet that’s for natives. – Lucian Sava Mar 13 '14 at 11:06
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    It's fair to say that "from the point of view of the native speaker" is the ONLY way I can answer questions with any authority. :) – Jolenealaska Mar 13 '14 at 11:10

Depending on how u say it & in what context. For example. I miss u now & then. It could mean on occasion or it could mean I miss u now & miss you as things were before. It illicits a response & keeps the receiver of the message guessing what is the person trying to say?.....

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  • Please don't use & instead of and... – Roberto Oct 29 '19 at 17:42

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