a. He'll set things straight again.

b. He'll set things straight one more time.

Do these mean
1. He'll set things straight before and he will do it again.
or
2. Things were good at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were.
?

I think from a logical point of view both should mean (1), but people generally use them to mean (2).

Many thanks.

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azz posted:


1. He'll set things straight before and he will do it again.

Hi, Azz,

Where you said above: "*He'll set things straight before," I'm sure you meant to say "He set things straight before."

I think both interpretations are possible. Interpretation (2) might be a case of "excessive conciseness," so to say, but I wouldn't say it's wrong. Context can help, for example:

- When we bought this house, this wall was white. Then we painted it gray. Now we'll paint it white again. (Now we'll paint it white + As a result the wall will be white again.)

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