Is "often" OK here? Which sentence is best?
Jeremiah, the prophet was often discouraged and wondered if his efforts were futile.
Jeremiah, the prophet often felt discouraged and wondered if his efforts were futile.
Both sentences are correct, but I prefer the second. I would make some changes. 'The prophet' is an appositive and requires a comma after it. You could get by with no commas, as in 'Jeremiah the prophet', but if you use the first, you must also use the second. Both sentences use a linking verb and action verb in the compound predicate. I haven't found any specific rules on this, but I would make this a compound sentence and not worry about it being right.
Jeremiah, the prophet, often felt discouraged, and he wondered if his efforts were futile.
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