We know that "every other" means not each one in a series, but every two.

For instance:

The conference used to be held every year, but now it takes place every other year.

But can we say for example:

  1. The Olympic games take place every other four years.
  2. That event takes place every other several years.

Dictionaries unfortunately, do not give me enough information on this phrase.

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    The Olympic games takes place every four years. Jun 3, 2019 at 8:26
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    @WeatherVane Or "every fourth year" but your version is definitely the more common. "Every other four years" is wrong.
    – TypeIA
    Jun 3, 2019 at 8:33
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    In the second case, "every few years". Jun 3, 2019 at 8:35
  • takes place ?
    – user96060
    Jun 3, 2019 at 9:05
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    The reason it doesn't work is that every other refers to something that alternates - so every other four years would mean every eighth year. As @Smock has pointed out, it would be very a strange way of saying that (!) - so much so that most people would assume the speaker really meant every four years. I don't think it's ungrammatical per se though.
    – user96060
    Jun 3, 2019 at 11:22

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Absolutely not. Your construction is just about understandable, but you are mixing two different 'measures'.

"Every other [event]" always means "Every second [event]" so you cannot mix it with a specific number, though most native speakers would assume that the specific number was what was intended.

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