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again

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:59 am
by azz
a. He'll make things right again.
b. He'll make things right one more time.


Do these mean
1. He has made things right before and he will do it again.
or
2. Things were right at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were.
?

I think from a logical point of view both should mean (1), but people generally use them to mean (2).

Many thanks.

Re: again

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:27 pm
by Bobinwales
a. He'll make things right again. means things were right at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were.
b. He'll make things right one more time. means things are continually going wrong but he will correct it one last time.

Re: again

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:19 pm
by trolley
I don't think A would mean 1, without a comma before "again".

...edited to insert a(n) (unnecessary?)comma...

Re: again

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:44 pm
by Phil White
Yes, as Bob says.

Nice spot, trolley, I missed that one.

With the comma before "again", it suggests that he is constantly putting things right and will do so this time, and probably also in the future.