not often; rarely
"we rarely met"
It is seldom perhaps never, that I wish those to love me who do not.
出自： E. B. Browning
An unfamiliar staircase, seldom used, to judge by the spiders' webs.
出自： J. G. Farrell
Seldom, if ever, had the earth seen so glorious a spectacle.
出自： K. Lines
He knew how to please and seldom failed to do so.
出自： R. Cobb
误 Seldom he goes to bed before midnight.
正 Seldom does he go to bed before midnight.
析 当seldom放在句首时,句子的主谓必须部分倒装。类似的词还有never, hardly, scarcely等等。
误 She seldom arrives home before midnight, doesn't she?
正 She seldom arrives home before midnight, does she?
误 He is seldom ever on time for his lectures.
正 He is seldom if ever on time for his lectures.
析 表示“很少”“难得”解时, seldom不与ever连用,应用seldom(,)if ever。