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vvaann

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I heard these sentences from movies. I wonder I heard them correctly.

"He at a time used an alias known as the Godfather"
"Corleone is a term used by friends on the affection, on the respect"

Are they correct in grammar?
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vvaann said:
"He at a time used an alias known as the Godfather"
"Corlerone is a term used by friends on the affection, on the respect"

The first sentence is stretching grammar a little but I’d say it’s still grammatical. However, I would express it as follows:

     At one time, he used the alias the Godfather. (Note: no need for “known as”)

The second one is the one that doesn’t look right to me. I think it should be:

     Corlerone is used by friends as a term of affection and of respect.

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vvaann

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Thanks for your comment.
What makes me wonder about these sentences is whether "at a time" and "on the affection, on the respect" are ever used. Do native speakers say so?
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“At a time” is used in such phrases as “one at a time”, “two at a time”, etc, but in your quoted example, it means “at one time”.

I have never heard of the phrases “on the affection” and “on the respect” before.

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If you put commas in, it sounds better to me:
He, at a time, used an alias known as the Godfather
 
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tdol said:
He, at a time, used an alias known as the Godfather

I’d say “… used the alias the Godfather” – “an alias known as the Godfather” means that it is the alias, not the person, that is called the Godfather.

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Good point- I was thinking about the 'at a time' and neglected the rest of the sentence. Sorry. 8)
 
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