When should an Esperanto speaker say ofte, and when multe? A definition of ofte is 'often', a definition of multe is 'a lot'. When does an Esperanto speaker use which?

An example, what would be used with the following?

Mi ofte/multe uzas vian vortaron.
/mi 'of.te/'mul.te 'u.zas 'vi.an vor'ta.ron/
Mi   oft  -e   / mult -e    uz -as   vi -an    vortaro   -n   .
1SG  often-ADV / a_lot-ADV  use-PRES 2SG-GEN   dictionary-ACC .
I use your dictionary often/a lot.
  • What did your dictionaries say? "often" and "a lot" are glosses, not definitions. May 2, 2018 at 9:37
  • Also, what dictionary are you using? "a lot" seems quite colloquial to me, and I would expect a translation glossary to prefer "many" or "multiple" for multe, based on the meaning and usage of the cognates in European languages.
    – Jeff Zeitlin
    May 2, 2018 at 11:33
  • @JeffZeitlin I used wiktionary.org for these, but I agree many or multiple would fit better. As I am asking the question, I don't know if choosing another one would make the question unanswerable. '(Very) much' is also used elsewhere,
    – Duncan
    May 2, 2018 at 17:42
  • Downvoters care to explain what could be improved?
    – Duncan
    May 2, 2018 at 17:43
  • In any case, when you have multiple glosses for a word, you want to choose the gloss that best fits your context. I would expect that an Esperantist would use ofte where an English-speaker would use "often", and multe where an English-speaker would use "many", "multiple", or other quantity-suggesting words.
    – Jeff Zeitlin
    May 2, 2018 at 17:46

1 Answer 1


First, I support Jeff's comment that the difference between ofte and multe is the same as often and a lot as in English.

Basically, if your use of their dictionary is 20 times in the last hour, you uzas multe. If it is every day in the last 20 days, you uzas ofte.

And if you use it 10 hours a day for months, you uzas multofte or uzas multe ofte.

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    And if you use it 10 hours a day for months, you uzas multofte or uzas multe ofte.
    – Vidamuzo
    May 7, 2018 at 21:06
  • @Vidamuzo Thank you! I added your answer as well.
    – Zuoanqh
    May 8, 2018 at 2:11

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