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How I am, something usually comes after

Without my first and my last, I sound like I'm only one

Remove my third letter and a ball or an animal I might catch

Now read me backwards, I'll be a number

What word am I?

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You are

NEXT

How I am, something usually comes after

Something comes NEXT

Without my first and my last, I sound like I'm only one

NEXTEX - no longer a couple, leaving you only single

Remove my third letter and a ball or an animal I might catch

NEXTNET - can catch an animal or ball in one

Now read me backwards, I'll be a number

NETTEN - a number

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