Given a text T of length n and a pattern P of length m, the string matching problem is a task to find all occurrences of P in T. In this study, we propose an algorithm that solves this problem in O((n +m)q) time considering the distance between two adjacent occurrences of the same q-gram contained in P. We also propose a theoretical improvement of it which runs in O(n+m) time, though it is not necessarily faster in practice. We compare the execution times of our and existing algorithms on various kinds of real and artificial datasets such as an English text, a genome sequence and a Fibonacci string. The experimental results show that our algorithm is as fast as the state-of-the-art algorithms in many cases, particularly when a pattern frequently appears in a text. 2012 ACM Subject Classification Theory of computation ! Pattern matching.