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    Regarding a word "for once"

    Sentence: "Not for once he tried to stop the media from spreading rumors"


    My sentence/doubt: Is for once has been used correctly in this sentence ? Does it make the sentence wrong ?


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    Re: Regarding a word "for once"

    not a teacher

    Is 'for once' used'...
    Has 'for once' been used...

    Yes, the sentence is correct.
    Not for once he tried = he did not try at all

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    #3

    Re: Regarding a word "for once"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It needs something - has or had
    I agree with you - has he tried or did he try. Thank you.

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    Re: Regarding a word "for once"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It needs something - has or had
    It also needs something removed - the word 'for'. When you do something 'for once' you do it contrary to expectations or to established practice: For once he wasn't late implies [he was usually late - not once - as everyone expected - was he early]. His being early confounds that expectation.

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