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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:14:38 AM
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According to charge sheets, he is accused of committing criminal trespass on the two occasions, once at about 7.15am and the other at about 2.15am.

Is "once" the correct word?

Thanks.

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FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:17:02 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
According to charge sheets, he is accused of committing criminal trespass on the two occasions, once at about 7.15am and the other at about 2.15am.

Is "once" the correct word?

Thanks.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/crime-court-nus-student-plead-guilty-breaking-into-toilets-video-12174798


Yes, it's fine. It can mean on only occasion, or one specific occasion.
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:34:44 AM
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Hmmm...

Once and the other don't seem to me to match.

I think it should be:

Once at about 7.15am and again at about 2.15am.

or

One time at about 7.15am and the other at about 2.15am.

Romany
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:30:34 PM
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Being an insufferable Pedant in some respects, I'm still of the opinion that "one time" isn't standardised English. I know that since ghetto music became popular "one time" is more often used - but unless it's in a direct quote I'd never write it. Not that I'm suggesting Nancy is incorrect: it's just that thing about each person having their own way of using English.

I think I'd write it as "...the first at about 7.15 and the second at about 2.15. or

..."at 7.15 and 2.15 respectively." (Though wouldn't it be more logical to put the times chronologically? First at 2.15, the next at 715?)
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:58:33 AM
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Many thanks, Nancy and Romany.
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