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adverb again pronunciation in American English /əˈɡen/
Again is used in the following ways:
as an adverb: I love that tune. Play it again.
as a way of showing how a sentence is related to what has already been said: Tomatoes are easy to grow. But, again, they need to be protected from frost.
 
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    used for saying that something happens or someone does something one more time when it has already happened or been done before

    You'll have to tell me again – I wasn't listening.

    If you fail the exam you will have to take it again.

    once again (=used when something has happened more than once before):

    Once again the troops moved forward, and once again they were driven back.

    yet again (=used when something has happened too many times before):

    Robert's heart operation had to be postponed yet again.

    all over again (=a second time from the beginning):

    Oh no, now I'll have to start all over again.

    See also  once, yet
  2. 2
    used for saying that someone or something is in the same state or condition they were in before something happened

    I turned over and went back to sleep again.

    The streets of the city are quiet again.

  3. 3
    used for adding a statement that supports what you have already said, or is similar to something you said earlier

    The law on copyright is still unclear. And again, it's a complex issue.

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