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Dear Ted:

When do you use "once before"?

Would you please give me some examples?

By the way, is "once before" a time expression"?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

*** No nomination?  Did I do something wrong?

Ted

  

When do you use "once before"?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** You use the expression when you refer to an event that previously happened.

I read "Moby Dick" once before, but now I would like to read the book again.

Sheila lied to me once before; I will no longer trust her.



By the way, is "once before" a time expression"?

*** Not really.  I think of time expressions as actually referring to time periods.  "Once before" is very much like the word "again."

I read this book once before.
I will read this book again.

Ted

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