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    takes again

    'It takes again a very special strong kind of person to make it through 16 years of incarceration and keep fighting for their freedom'
    what does again mean here?

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    Re: takes again

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    'It takes again a very special strong kind of person to make it through 16 years of incarceration and keep fighting for their freedom'
    what does again mean here?

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    In my opinion, "again" shouldn't be there.

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    Re: takes again

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my opinion, "again" shouldn't be there.
    but it was there,I dont think it shouldn't be there ,just not sure what it means.

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    Re: takes again

    With such limited context, it's impossible to tell if it's simply a mistake (as it would be in a stand-alone sentence). If there was a prior reference to a need to be strong, that "again" could make sense.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: takes again

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    but it was there,I dont think it shouldn't be there ,just not sure what it means.
    Well, unless Barb is right, and there was some previous context that would make it make sense, I do think it shouldn't be there and that it was a mistake in the original text!

    As it stands, it means nothing.

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    Re: takes again

    here the context:
    "A California man finally free after serving 16 years for a crime he didnít commit. This is Reggie Cole. He actually walked out of a California prison over the weekend, thanking the California Innocence Project and law school students who worked diligently on this case. Attorneys were able to successfully argue that Coleís 1994 murder conviction was based on evidence that was simply fabricated.
    'It takes again a very special strong kind of person to make it through 16 years of incarceration and keep fighting for their freedom.'
    'The only way I can think to repay them is to go out to society and prove that Iíve spent these last 16 years, preparing myself to be free.' "

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    Re: takes again

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    here the context:
    "A California man finally free after serving 16 years for a crime he didnít commit. This is Reggie Cole. He actually walked out of a California prison over the weekend, thanking the California Innocence Project and law school students who worked diligently on this case. Attorneys were able to successfully argue that Coleís 1994 murder conviction was based on evidence that was simply fabricated.
    'It takes again a very special strong kind of person to make it through 16 years of incarceration and keep fighting for their freedom.'
    'The only way I can think to repay them is to go out to society and prove that Iíve spent these last 16 years, preparing myself to be free.' "
    Well, having seen the full text, I still don't know why he chose to say the word "again". When people are quoted from interviews etc, you will often find that what they actually say isn't grammatically correct. If this guy was put on the spot by reporters as he walked out of prison after 16 years, I'm not surprised he wasn't necessarily worrying about what he said being grammatically correct!

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