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    For once

    For once, Beethoven's father didn't shout. "This is a clavier. I'll teach you to play it."


    Hi,
    Is it right to interpret "for once" in the above as "Once and for all?" Thanks.

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    Re: For once

    No. It means this time was an exception - his father didn't shout at him, as he normally did.
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    Re: For once

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    No. It means this time was an exception - his father didn't shout at him, as he normally did.
    Thanks, Skrej, does it also implies that this time was the only one time?

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    Re: For once

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Thanks, Skrej, does it also impliesy that this time was the only one time?
    Yes, if taken 100% literally. However the expression 'for once' isn't always used literally, but often rather to just mean it's a very rare occasion.
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