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Words nearby ago
What does ago mean?
Ago means in the past.
It’s always used in combination with other words that indicate exactly or about how much time has passed since something happened—never by itself (you wouldn’t say That happened ago).
Examples of such phrases are three weeks ago, an hour ago, five days ago, long ago, and a long time ago.
Example: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ….
Where does ago come from?
Ago entered English long ago, before the year 1000. It comes from the Old English word āgān, meaning “to go by” or “to pass.” It uses the prefix a-, which is added to verbs to indicate the start or end of an action (as in arise). The go part comes from the same word that gave us the English verb go.
Ago is so common that we can take it for granted, but there’s no simpler way to say what it says. With just three letters, it acts as a time machine, taking us from the present to the past. How far back it takes us is determined by the words that it follows, from one second ago to billions of years ago to long, long ago.
Long ago is just one of the many common phrases that ago appears in, and it can also be used as a noun (as in In the long ago, we hunted and foraged for food) or a compound adjective (as in These monuments were built by long-ago civilizations).
Sometimes, ago is followed by the word today, as in nine years ago today, indicating that something happened exactly on this date nine years in the past.
Ago should not be confused with the noun phrase a go, as in The plan is a go (meaning that it has been approved) or Give it a go (meaning “try it”).
And, we’re sorry to point this out, but ago is one of those common words that starts to sound strange when you repeat it a bunch of times. Go on, give it a go.
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How is ago used in real life?
Ago is an extremely common word that’s used in all kinds of contexts.
Exactly five years ago today, I snapped this photo in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, as the Russia-instigated separatist uprising was gaining momentum and about to explode into all-out war. I wonder where this guy in the suit is now. pic.twitter.com/lcdBehNPLi
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) May 10, 2019
My dad told me a long time ago “if you have 1 to 2 true friends in life you’re doing good” I used to think he was crazy… he wasn’t lol
— Coach Jones 💪🏼 (@BrettJones58) April 14, 2020
"Once upon a time, long, long, long ago (like we're talking just after BC turned to AD) a dude named Ovid wrote his own fairytale about the gods Cupid and Apollo."
-Student, intro. to Apollo and Daphne essay
— Melissa (@magistrabeck) February 21, 2020
Try using ago!
Is ago used correctly in the following sentence?
“You should stop living ago and start living in the present.”
Example sentences from the Web for ago
However, you may have approved a permission without giving it much thought, or granted an app access to certain data long ago, and now you’ve changed your mind.Android security settings you should check right now|David Nield|September 24, 2020|Popular Science
A while I ago I ran such an analysis comparing some well-known authorities in the medical space to some sites notorious for being a bit spammy and so forth.
They say the board long ago legally delegated that responsibility to its executive, and that there was nothing unusual about the severances.
Scientists suspect long ago crocodiles lived in one region before spreading out to others.American crocs seem to descend from kin that crossed the Atlantic|Carolyn Wilke|August 25, 2020|Science News For Students
Not too long ago, Bing documented its search ranking factors at a very high level.Bing uses user engagement metrics for ranking websites in search|Barry Schwartz|August 20, 2020|Search Engine Land
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?
The rebels though seemed somewhat chastened by the result despite more than doubling the anti-Boehner votes from two years ago.
Decades ago, the writer-director wrote an episode of the animated comedy that never was.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Daily Beast has followed some of the refugees who landed in Sicily a month ago.
This was nine fewer than what he needed just two years ago when 426 members of the House voted.
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.
Was he really condemned to an eternal solitude because of the girl who had died so many years ago?Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Four years ago Hetton's horse had been first favourite, but it was ignominiously beaten.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Fern cases were very much in vogue some years ago, and this is really a very delightful way of cultivating the plants.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
"That is why I told you the other meeting seemed a long time ago," explained the girl.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson