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    another five years again

    The Roman Catholics had to wait another five years again.

    Is the 'again' in this sentence redundant?
    And do you native speakers say 'five years again' (which means 'five more years/another five years')?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: another five years again

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    The Roman Catholics had to wait another five years again.

    Is the 'again' in this sentence redundant?
    And do you native speakers say 'five years again' (which means 'five more years/another five years')?

    Thank you in advance.
    "Again" is not redundant if Catholics have had to wait for five years on a previous occasion. It could be a reinstatement of a previous rule that said they had to wait five years.
    No, "five years again" generally doesn't mean "five more years/another five years."

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    Re: another five years again

    Thank you very much for your trouble, Raymott. Then there is no difference between 'five more years' and 'another five years', isn't there? As in:

    We've been waiting for two years and we have to wait another five years/five more years.

    Thank you again.
    Last edited by joham; 23-Nov-2008 at 10:01. Reason: one sentence added.

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    Re: another five years again

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thank you very much for your trouble, Raymott. Then there is no difference between 'five more years' and 'another five years', isn't there? As in:

    We've been waiting for two years and we have to wait another five years/five more years.

    Thank you again.
    Yes, they mean the same thing.


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    Re: another five years again

    Joham, I would say that the word again is indeed redundant in this sentence. I do not believe that I have ever heard a native speaker insert again in such a sentence; the word another takes care of things nicely as it is. I often hear native speakers say such things as:

    "He had to wait another five years."

    "After we sat in the waiting room for an hour, we had to wait another two hours in the examination room!"

    Still, I suppose that, even though an English teacher would blue-pencil the redundancy on a student's paper, if someone said it that way in a conversation, it would not be confusing, and hardly anyone would say anything about this utterance.

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    Re: another five years again

    Quote Originally Posted by Bletsch View Post
    "After we sat in the waiting room for an hour, we had to wait another two hours in the examination room!"
    What if he had to go back to the doctor two weeks later. The same thing happened and, after waiting in the waiting room for an hour, he had to wait another 2 hours in the examination room again?

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