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ADVERBS After; again; all; almost

The use of the following adverbs should be noted:

Again (radical meaning "opposite") is now only used in the local sense of returning, as in "He came back again, home again," &c.; and metaphorically only in the sense of repeating, as in "Again we find many other instances," &c. It is used by Shakespeare metaphorically in the sense of "on the other hand." Thus--

“Have you
Ere now denied the asker, and now again (on the other hand)
Of him that did not ask but mock, bestow
Your sued-for tongues?

“Where (whereas) Nicias did turne the Athenians from their
purpose, Alcibiades againe (on the other hand) had a further reach, &c.” N. P. 172. So Rich. II. ii. 9. 27.

It is also used literally for "back again." "Haste you again," A. W. ii. 2. 73, does not mean "haste a second time," but "hasten back."

Again is used for "again and again," i.e. repeatedly (a previous action being naturally implied by again), and hence intensively almost like "amain."

“For wooing here until I sweat(ed) again.

“Weeping again the king my father's wreck.

For omission of -ed in "sweat" (common in E. E.), see 341.

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