My editor changed "this often happened" to "this happened often."
I checked on ngrams and discovered that their frequency is almost the same.
Maybe the order doesn't matter? Or one is more common than the other in certain situations?
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'Often' is an adverb, and while a few say adverbs should go before the verb, the order doesn't usually matter.
Or, the order doesn't matter, usually.
Or even, the order usually doesn't matter!
There are three common positions for adverbs in a sentence:
A similar example involving these three positions has already been answered on this site:
- Why did they target us specifically?
- Why did they target specifically us?
- Why did they specifically target us?
A broader question about adverb position was also answered on a neighbouring SE site here.