the meaning of the word once

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the meaning of the word once

Post by singforme » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:58 am

Hi there!
I am having some trouble trying to figure out the real difference between these two sentences.

This is the house that my parents once built.
This is the house that my parents built once.

How does the once really change the meaning of these two sentences?
In the first, I understand it to be that one time, a long time ago, the parents built this house. However, I do not know the meaning of it in the second one!

Many thanks!

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Re: the meaning of the word once

Post by knowable » Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:06 pm

I think the writer of second sentence intended the meaning to be the same as that of first sentence – that the parents built the house at some time in the past. But, because of the position of the adverb 'once' in second sentence, the meaning of the sentence is not clear. It does not make sense logically because it suggests the parents built the house one time.

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Re: the meaning of the word once

Post by Linguistics » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:00 am

The scond sentence mean the parents just once time in all there life they built one home no more one home thanks

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