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    Question once=one time?

    Hi,
    Are the sentences below correct?
    I am going to strive to once pass the exam.
    I am going to strive to pass the exam one time.
    I am going to strive to pass the exam with one time.

    Also, twice= two times?

    Look forward to getting your replies, thanks in advance.

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    Re: once=one time?

    None of those is natural. if you have sat, and failed the exam more than once, you might say:

    I am going to work to pass this/the exam this time.

    if you have failed all the exams you have ever sat, and are now trying a new one, you might say:

    I am going to work for this exam, so that, just (for) once, I pass.

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    Re: once=one time?

    Or, in the second case, it would be natural to avoid 'once' entirely, and say 'I'm going to work hard and hope to pass/see if I [can] pass the exam first time/at the first go/at the first try/at the first sitting. You're trying to make 'once' mean something that it doesn't mean. It means either 'on one particular occasion' or 'during one period in the past'; it doesn't mean 'on the first occasion'.

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    Re: once=one time?

    Thanks for all your explanations. I have got it.

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