Again

'Again' is another common word in the English language. In this lesson, we are going to learn all about it.

How To Use "Again" in English?

'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:

Use

'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 again?

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 again.

  • When we want to show that someone is back where they were in the beginning:

They are so excited to see each other again after such a long time.

Jerry will be fine again in no time.

  • When we want to ask someone to repeat what they have said, we use it:

What was your friend's name again?

What was the price again?

  • When we want to show that something opposes what we have just said:

They might be foolish and take it but then again they might not.

Sarah may trust you but then again she may not give you another chance.

  • When we want to emphasize that you agree with what was said before:

Again, I must refurbish my room.

And again, they ought to have a meeting.

Position in a Sentence

Although most adverbs of frequency come after the subject or in some cases after the verb, here 'again' can only be used at the beginning of the sentence or after object and complements. Look below:

Again, Sicily decided not to talk to her mother.

Here, 'again' has come at the beginning of the sentence.

All students must register their names in this club again.

Here, 'again' has come after a prepositional phrase.

Warning!

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:

Every now and again, my parents have a slight conflict.

Is it ok to read a book every now and again?

  • The same again: When we want to have the same drink in a café/bar, we use this:

A : What would you like to have sir?

B : Same again, please!

  • Time and again: When something happens often, we use this:

Time and again, women have fought for their rights in history.

I watch my favorite movie 'Sweeney Todd' time and again.

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