In this lesson, you can improve your vocabulary by learning 14 different ways to say ‘again’.
Again is an adverb meaning ‘one more time’.
- Would you mind saying that again? (one more time)
- It’s nice to see you again.
Let’s look at 14 different ways to say ‘again’ in English.
Once again/once more
Meaning: these are a bit formal expressions, use them when the situation is serious.
- Unfortunately, we have to face the disasters of global warming once again.
- Once again, we have to fear for the future of our children.
Meaning: to do something again.
- Could you repeat what you said, I haven’t heard you very well?
- I will tell you all about it, but you mustn’t repeat it to anyone.
Over/all over again
Meaning: if you do something over, then you do it again.
- Three months after they broke up, Sam and Tom decided to start over.
- They demolished the house and built it all over again.
One more time/once more
Meaning: to do something again.
- Let’s do the exercise one more time.
- We had a great time in Turkey. Let’s go there once more next year.
Meaning: not now, but on some other occasion.
- I’m so tired. Can we talk about this another time?
- Sorry, I can’t go for a drink with you now. Maybe another time?
Meaning: encore is a French word originally. It is usually used at the end of a concert when the audience invites the performers to play, sing, etc. again.
- The audience was shouting for an encore.
- Can you believe that Coldplay did three encores at the concert last Saturday?
Meaning: when something happened so many times, that it becomes annoying.
- Unfortunately, Sue has failed her math test yet again.
- Yet again, someone has set up a fire in the forest.
Over and over (again)
Meaning: to repeat something many times.
- More or less, teachers repeat the same things over and over most of their lives.
- He read the letter over and over again until he understood.
Meaning: to do your exam or test again.
- Sorry, but you didn’t pass your exam so you’ll have to retake it in the next term.
- April had to retake her driving test three times before she passed it.
Meaning: to do your work again.
- You didn’t write this very well. Try to redo it.
- We are going to redo the carpentry next month.
Meaning: to reply to someone’s call/email.
- I’m impatiently waiting for you to write back.
- As soon as the meeting is over, I’ll call you back.
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