There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. – a total of 17, 566 including branches. Nearly 100% of the public libraries in America provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers. Public access to books is not new. Romans made scrolls in dry rooms available to patrons of the baths, and tried with some success to establish libraries within the empire.
Hello and welcome to episode 81…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… once upon a time
once upon a time … if you say that something happened once upon a time, you mean that it happened in the past and you wish it still happened now…something that existed in the past that no longer exists, especially when it was better than the situation now
In the past, everyone knew their neighbors.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… once upon a time
Once upon a time, everyone knew their neighbors.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … once upon a time
We could leave our cars unlocked once upon a time.
Once upon a time, politics was an honest profession.
Once upon a time, I was paid to work 8 hours a day and that included 1 hour for lunch.
once is used as an adverb in the idiom …once upon a time
once means at some time in the past
This restaurant was once popular.
What is your favorite fairy tale?
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literary | idioms that are used in books, plays, and poetry