and <once> we had entered their voice still reached <on occasion>.

park sang joon

Senior Member
I walked with Vinta to the huge hilltop manor house. It commanded far views of rocky valleys and hillsides where the grapes were grown. A great number of dogs approached and tried to friendly as we made our way to the house, and once we had entered their voice still reached on occasion.
["Trumps of Doom" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny]
I'd like to know why it is "once," not "after/ though."
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    It could have been "after". It doesn't mean "though".

    PS. There seems to be at least one word missing from your quote....


    Senior Member
    AE (US English)
    "once" is like "after" but a little different....."once X happened" means "starting at the time X happened", where "after" could start later.

    In the book quote, as long as we were outside, the barking of the dogs was easily heard (of course). As soon as we entered, their noise was blocked by the house (of course) but they were loud enough that their sound still reached us sometimes ("on occasion").