How can I rewrite this sentence without the two a’s?
We planned to meet a few times a year.
I think this would be the best way to show the role that the two a’s play in the sentence.
A few can be replaced with several, and the second a can be replaced with per, each or every.
The usage stats are as follows:
BNC COCA Google a few times a year 3 83 16.60M a few times per year - 5 2.71M a few times each year - 10 1.90M a few times every year - 1 0.72M several times a year 15 159 23.10M several times per year - 5 2.19M several times each year 1 16 3.98M several times every year - 2 1.07M
(BNC is the British National Corpus, and COCA is the Corpus of Contemporary American English.)
Source : Link , Question Author : Ivo Rossi , Answer Author : RegDwigнt