My instincts tell me that you won't refuse me this one time.

Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I am a bit doubtful about the phrase in italics - this one time.

Context: I am asking for a favor from someone and I believe that they won't refuse this time (since last time they did). Is it good to use the above sentence?

  • I think your reasoning is good, yes, "this one time" would mean maybe that he has been frustratingly refused in the past, OR that he is asking for this one opportunity rather pressingly and that if granted won't ask for anything more in the future. For example, "I beg you, grant me this opportunity just this one time, and I'll ask nothing of you again." – Zebrafish Mar 25 '18 at 17:58
  • @Zebrafish, yes, what you say makes perfect sense to me. – J. Doe Mar 25 '18 at 18:26
  • It may be grammatically correct, but this once would be more idiomatic. – Andrew Leach Mar 25 '18 at 22:51
  • @AndrewLeach, so you mean "My instincts tell me that you won't refuse me this once." – J. Doe Mar 26 '18 at 17:32
  • Yes, where this is related to the occasion and not to what is not refused. That is, one time is unidiomatic and once is preferred for those two words. If you wanted to add this referring to the request itself ("You won't refuse me this [thing]"), then you would end up with "...you won't refuse me this this once," and a comma could be inserted between the two thises. – Andrew Leach Mar 26 '18 at 17:58

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