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I want to answer the question “Gehen Sie abends oft aus ?” and say that I don’t like to go out at evenings. I am confused where to put nicht in my answer. I know that nicht has to negate oft so it must come before it.

Is it valid then to say the following?

Nein, ich gehe abends nicht oft aus.

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    Your suggestion is absolutely fine. – Stephie Dec 6 '15 at 4:35
  • The sentence sounds good to me. – DerPolyglott33 Dec 6 '15 at 4:36
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This is the sentence that you want to negate:

Ich gehe abends oft aus.
I often go out at evening.

There are two possible positions to insert »nicht« to negate the sentence. It's before »oft« and behind »oft« (same in english):

Ich gehe abends nicht oft aus.
I don't often go out at evening.

This is the most usual way. But there is also a second position where »nicht« is allowed:

Ich gehe abends oft nicht aus.
I often don't go out at evening.

In this second case you often want to at some additional information:

Ich gehe abends oft nicht aus, weil ich es mir nicht leisten kann.
I often don't go out at evening because I can't afford it.

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  • As a note: Actually it would be "in the evening" or you could say "at night". Also it should be "I don't often go …". – insertusernamehere Dec 8 '15 at 8:55

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