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adverb again pronunciation in British 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.
  1. 1
    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.

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

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

    See also once, yet
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    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.



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