I heard that you can put adverbs basically anywhere.

So, I tried to use one in an unusual way.

Buses leave the station B often for station C.

I think usually it would be like this:

Buses often leave the station B for station C.

I don't really understand how I can choose one when I make sentences. Could you please tell me their nuance?

Do these sentences sound similar?

The buses leave from station A for station C often.

The buses often leave station A for station C.

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    It sounds odd to use sentences about buses as examples, since buses have a regular timetable and fixed routes. To indicate that there are many buses every day to a particular destination, we would say There are frequent buses to Station C or similar. Commented Jul 11, 2022 at 8:37
  • @KateBunting Oh, I understand! Thank you very much!
    – Nigutumok
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 10:28

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They [adverbs] are usually placed before the main verb but after auxiliary verbs. Source

You therefore put "often" the adverb before the main verb "leave". You usually follow this standard rule to make your writing easier to understand and read. It's better to say:

Buses often leave from station A to station C.

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    But the placement of often can indeed affect the meaning. In "I often go abroad for my summer holiday, but this year I'm going to Brighton", often has the sense on many occasions. "Because of my job, I have to travel overseas very often" (frequently) Commented Jul 11, 2022 at 8:51

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