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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:03:01 PM
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Hi,

Does "not once" mean "more than once" or "not even once"?


He did not once glance at his listeners and seemed fiercely defensive.

I'd appreciate your help.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:32:04 PM

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Not once means not even one time. Without exception, he did not glance at his listeners.
the Ford
Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:06:56 AM

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It can also mean 'not only one time', for example, 'Not once, but many times he explains why he couldn't do that.'
Robert Kane
Posted: Friday, April 23, 2021 1:10:58 AM

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“Not once have I ever seen you clean up your room,” said Oliver’s mother to the sad-looking little boy.


Oliver’s mom is telling him that she has never seen him clean up his room, not even one time.


I hope this helps.
Write Edge
Posted: Friday, April 23, 2021 3:02:25 AM

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never once or not once-used to emphasise that something has never happened.
Bathcoup
Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021 5:01:34 PM
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0 1 2 3 ... = once
0 1 2 3 ... = not once
0 1 2 3 ... = not even once, never
0 1 2 3 ... = at least twice

In negative statements: "not once" = 0 = not even once, never
In positive statements: "not once" >= 2 = at least twice

Mr. Burns: "If I want you to bunt, I will touch my belt buckle not once, not twice, but thrice!"
https://mmmsimpsons.tumblr.com/post/148219103215/canwehaveapooldad-mr-burns-if-i-tug-the-bill/amp
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