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  1. Over the top's Avatar
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    #1

    at once

    ‘Matron wants to see you.’
    ‘Now?’
    At once, yes.’

    Can someone explain this to me? I know from the context it means 'now' but I don't know how it works.
    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: at once

    "At once" means immediately. That's just how it is.
    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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    #3

    Re: at once

    So at twice means later, not urgent haha
    I want to know how come at once means immediately, maybe the etymology.

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