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just that once
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a***@gmail.com
2018-05-12 05:11:55 UTC
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1) You went there just that once, didn't you?
2) You went there only that once, didn't you?

3) You went there just that one time, didn't you?
4) You went there only that one time, didn't you?

Are they all grammatical?
Are they all idiomatic?

Gratefully,
Navi
Peter Young
2018-05-12 06:22:39 UTC
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1) You went there just that once, didn't you?
2) You went there only that once, didn't you?
3) You went there just that one time, didn't you?
4) You went there only that one time, didn't you?
Are they all grammatical?
Yes
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Are they all idiomatic?
Yes.

Peter.
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CDB
2018-05-12 13:18:31 UTC
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1) You went there just that once, didn't you? 2) You went there only
that once, didn't you?
3) You went there just that one time, didn't you? 4) You went there
only that one time, didn't you?
Are they all grammatical? Are they all idiomatic?
The problem in all four cases is the use of "didn't you?" to suggest
that you expect confirmation. What "you" did was "go there", and that
is what "didn't you?" refers to; but you are really asking for
confirmation of "just that once", and that would be better expressed as
"not so?" or "isn't that true?" or some equivalent that doesn't bear so
strongly on the main verb.
Peter T. Daniels
2018-05-12 14:31:27 UTC
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1) You went there just that once, didn't you? 2) You went there only
that once, didn't you?
3) You went there just that one time, didn't you? 4) You went there
only that one time, didn't you?
Are they all grammatical? Are they all idiomatic?
The problem in all four cases is the use of "didn't you?" to suggest
that you expect confirmation. What "you" did was "go there", and that
is what "didn't you?" refers to; but you are really asking for
confirmation of "just that once", and that would be better expressed as
"not so?" or "isn't that true?" or some equivalent that doesn't bear so
strongly on the main verb.
That must be Canadian.
Ian Jackson
2018-05-12 22:21:03 UTC
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In message <pd6pjk$1p42$***@gioia.aioe.org>, CDB <***@gmail.com>
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1) You went there just that once, didn't you? 2) You went there only
that once, didn't you?
3) You went there just that one time, didn't you? 4) You went there
only that one time, didn't you?
Are they all grammatical? Are they all idiomatic?
The problem in all four cases is the use of "didn't you?" to suggest
that you expect confirmation. What "you" did was "go there", and that
is what "didn't you?" refers to; but you are really asking for
confirmation of "just that once", and that would be better expressed as
"not so?" or "isn't that true?" or some equivalent that doesn't bear so
strongly on the main verb.
What a load of total rubbish! All four are preferably standard English.
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Ian
Peter T. Daniels
2018-05-12 14:30:50 UTC
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1) You went there just that once, didn't you?
2) You went there only that once, didn't you?
3) You went there just that one time, didn't you?
4) You went there only that one time, didn't you?
Are they all grammatical?
Are they all idiomatic?
OMG, four perfect sentences of English! What have you done with the real
arthur-Navi?
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