'Again' is mainly an adverb in the English language. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.
Functions of 'Again'
'Again' as an Adverb
As it was stated above, 'again' is mainly an adverb. Below, we are going to see the different kinds of adverbs it can be:
'Again' as an Adverb of Frequency
When we want to choose where to put 'again', we must first consider its meaning. 'Again' shows that something is happening repetitively which makes it an adverb of frequency. Below, we are going to analyze all its meanings:
- When we want to show that something is happening more than once:
How can she watch that movie
As you can see, it is not the first time the action is taking place.
The jury has decided to reanalyze both sides of the story
- When we want to show that someone is back where they were in the beginning:
They are so excited to see each other
Jerry will be fine
- When we want to ask someone to repeat what they have said, we use it:
What was your friend's name
What was the price
- When we want to show that something opposes what we have just said:
They might be foolish and take it but then
Sarah may trust you but then
- When we want to emphasize that you agree with what was said before:
Position in a Sentence
Here, 'again' has come at the beginning of the sentence.
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Here, 'again' has come after a prepositional phrase.
Please note that whenever we have an adverb at the beginning of a sentence, we must always put a comma after it.
Idioms and Expressions with 'Again'
In English, we have several idioms with 'again'. Below, we are going to learn all about them:
- Every now and again: When something happens from time to time, we use this idiom:
Is it ok to read a book
- The same again: When we want to have the same drink in a café/bar, we use this:
- Time and again: When something happens often, we use this:
I watch my favorite movie 'Sweeney Todd'
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