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Time , a concept that comes from Latin vicis, is a term commonly used in everyday life, which is easy to understand but somewhat difficult to explain. The first meaning mentioned in the dictionary of Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) refers to the alternating elements according to a order or to a certain turn .

For example: "Please respect the assigned positions and enter the premises one at a time", “Don't talk all at once! I don't understand what they want to tell me ”, "The young man distributed the gifts one at a time until all the children received their gift".

Precisely in relation to this meaning we find an expression that is used with the term in question and that is used almost daily. Specifically, we are referring to the question "who takes the time?" This is done by the person who arrives at a market stall to buy and discover more customers in the same place. When you ask who takes the time, you are trying to find out who is the person who will buy before her and, therefore, behind who goes to be able to purchase her products.

The idea occasionally used to name the fact wave action which takes place in a certain moment : “The last time I was in Europe I visited the Louvre Museum”, "I lost my keys again", “The Cordoba team won for the first time in the tournament”.

Suppose two teams of basketball (he Puerto Esteban Club and the San Marcos Club ) faced each other twice, with a victory for each. It can be said that the first time he won Puerto Esteban while the second time he won San Marcos .

The term time, on the other hand, is used to build expressions Of frequent use. It is common for children's stories to begin with the expression "Once Upon a time… ", to cite a case. The phrases "first time", "again" or "last time" They are also used regularly.

Within the cultural field, for example, we find a long list of songs that use the term in our title. Among the most significant are some like these:

-"Once upon a time there was a circus". It is a composition that, in the decades of the 70s and 80s popularized, the famous Clowns of the Tele. These shaped a children's group, dressed as clowns, who toured the world cheering the little ones with that and other songs, such as "Susanita has a mouse", "My beard has three hairs", "How my nose itches "Or" There was Mr. Don Jack. "

-"For once". It becomes a song performed by the Spanish artist Malú that, in addition, shapes the title of one of his albums, specifically the first one he performed entirely live. It was published in 2004 and was recorded in the Sala Pachá in Madrid, where it had the collaboration of great singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Vanesa Martín or Pablo Alborán.

When the notion is used in the plural (times ), may refer to that or that replace or represent another or others : “Since Maria left, I have to act as a mother”, “A technical director must act as a psychologist when a player is unmotivated”.

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