Back and again

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Back

Back is an adverb particle. With a verb, back suggests a return to an earlier situation or a movement in the opposite direction.

Note that back usually goes between the verb and its object, unless this object is a pronoun. It is also possible to put back after the object.

Again

With a verb, again suggests repetition.

Again goes after a verb and its object.

With adverb particles

With adverb particles and prepositional phrases, both back and again can be used to suggest a return to an earlier situation.

Note that ring back and call back can be used to mean both return a phone call and repeat a phone call.

Grammar exercise

Complete the following sentences using back or again.

1. Give me my money -----------------

a) back b) again

2. I met him ------------------ yesterday.

a) back b) again

3. She counted the coins -------------------

a) back b) again

4. I am taking this cheese ------------------- to the shop.

a) back b) again

5. Can you play that song -----------------?

a) back b) again

6. She said that she would not talk to me ------------------

a) again b) back

7. I write to him every now and then, but he never writes ----------------------

a) again b) back

8. She can never return to her country ----------------

a) back b) again

9. I hope to see him -------------------

a) back b) again

Answers

1. Give me my money back.

2. I met him again yesterday.

3. She counted the coins again.

4. I am taking this cheese back to the shop.

5. Can you play that song again?

6. She said that she would not talk to me again.

7. I write to him every now and then, but he never writes back.

8. She can never return to her country again.

9. I hope to see him again.

See Also

Also
As, since, because and for
All
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
Below and under
Above and over
Both and both of
Any
As if and as though
Fairly, quite, pretty and rather
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none