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    Default no next time ?

    " I only helped once, no next time OK ! "

    Is this question alright, especially the use of ' no next time ' ?

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    Default Re: no next time ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " I only helped once, no next time OK ! "

    Is this question alright, especially the use of ' no next time ' ?
    It's a statement, and "yes" it's weird. :D

    "no next time" means, there won't be a next time, I won't help you again.

    I find the use of past tense 'helped' with future 'next time' a bit awkward. The simple present would work better since it expresses a habit:

    I only help once, no next time.

    Also, it would make more sense if 'only' comes after 'help':

    I help only once, no next time.

    And then added -s to 'times':

    I help only once, no next times.

    Or, made it into two sentences:

    I help out only once. There is no next time.

    What a sad thing to say.

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    You could also say: "I helped you once, but there won't be a next time."

    :(

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    This won't happen in usingenglish for sure :). Thanks, tell you what the sentence I put up sounds very broken to me as people always say this here. Sort of direct translation, but it is right just by coincidence, huh :).

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    We like next times here.

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