I was under the impression that you can't use two adverbs to modify the same verb. Namely when again modifies "ask", once cannot also modify ask. I've been told that once can modify "ask you again", but I wasn't sure if that was correct/possible.

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    I am going to ask you again twice.Did you do it? Did you do it? once, twice, three times etc. – Lambie Mar 26 at 23:38
  • Whether it is grammatically correct or not, it doesn't sound right and should read, 'I am only going to ask you one more time'. – GoodJuJu Mar 26 at 23:54
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    Quotation from 1776: "Then I ask you again once more, did not Carpenter ask you to drink?" (books.google.com/…) – MiCl Mar 27 at 0:00
  • "Once" modifies the entire phrase "ask you again". It's a bit shaky on semantic grounds but is legit syntax. – Hot Licks Mar 27 at 2:18
  • If you want to impose an artificial "one adverb" rule, then you could treat "again once" a s single adverbial phrase. – user323578 Apr 26 at 7:15

It seems alright speaking the sentence, but the more correct form would probably be, "Ask you one more time."


"I'm only going to ask you once more" is a more common way of saying this.

"I’m only going to ask you again once" is not 'wrong'. But it is unusual and as such may not be understood so quickly/easily.

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