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    Default There is never been a better time...

    "There is never been a better time to do XXX"

    I know it means it is the best time to do XXX.
    But I would like to know why "never a better time" = "the best time".
    [Maybe it is difficult to explain though :( ]


    27 Sep: Question answered! Thanks for all your help.

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    Default Re: There is never been a better time...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    "There is never been a better time to do XXX"

    I know it means it is the best time to do XXX.
    But I would like to know why "never a better time" = "the best time".
    [Maybe it is difficult to explain though :( ]
    Hello Wai_Wai,

    I would try to explain it.
    If you say "never a better time" then it means that there were no better time befor that time and there won't be a better time after that time.

    So you are right. "The best time to do something" :D
    I hope that this could help you.

    Kind regards,
    Dany :D

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    Default Re: There is never been a better time...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    "There is never been a better time to do XXX"

    I know it means it is the best time to do XXX.
    But I would like to know why "never a better time" = "the best time".
    [Maybe it is difficult to explain though :( ]
    Hello Wai_Wai,

    I would try to explain it.
    If you say "never a better time" then it means that there were no better time befor that time and there won't be a better time after that time.

    So you are right. "The best time to do something" :D
    I hope that this could help you.

    Kind regards,
    Dany :D
    Thanks for your explanation.

    The reason why I get confused with this statement is as follows:
    To me, "There is never been a better time XXX" is similar to "There is never a good time to do XXX"

    Just like:
    - I never run
    - I never swim
    etc.

    It means the person will never do the thing from the past to now (and maybe in the future).

    So "never been a good time" should mean You can't find a suitable time for you to do XXX.
    But if the adj "good" becomes 2nd-level-comparative (ie better). The meaning changes.

    After your explanation, you really inspires me.

    Now I will take the statement like the following:
    - You will never find a better time to do XXX. (so you should act now!)

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: There is never been a better time...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai

    Thanks for your explanation.

    The reason why I get confused with this statement is as follows:
    To me, "There is never been a better time XXX" is similar to "There is never a good time to do XXX"

    Just like:
    - I never run
    - I never swim
    etc.

    It means the person will never do the thing from the past to now (and maybe in the future).

    So "never been a good time" should mean You can't find a suitable time for you to do XXX.
    But if the adj "good" becomes 2nd-level-comparative (ie better). The meaning changes.

    After your explanation, you really inspires me.

    Now I will take the statement like the following:
    - You will never find a better time to do XXX. (so you should act now!)

    Thanks a lot.

    You're welcome

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    Default Re: There is never been a better time...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    "There is never been a better time to do XXX"

    I know it means it is the best time to do XXX.
    But I would like to know why "never a better time" = "the best time".
    [Maybe it is difficult to explain though :( ]
    The adverb never negates the state of the verb been.

    never been ~ not be, means, doesn't exist.
    has never been means, hasn't existed before, that is until now, which makes it the only time and so the best time.

    :D Correction :D

    There has never been a better time. (Present Perfect)

    Note, There is been are not compatible. :wink:

    All the best, :D

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    Dear Casiopea,
    Hi, the statement is extracted from a source.
    Thanks for the correction. ^-^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    Dear Casiopea,
    Hi, the statement is extracted from a source.
    Thanks for the correction. ^-^
    Which one did the Source actually list? :?

    1. There is never a better time than now. (OK)
    2. There's never been a better time than now. (OK)
    3. There is never been a better time than now. (Not OK)

    Note that, There's stands for There has. The apostrophe (') replaced the consonant-vowel "ha". :wink:

    All the best, :D

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    Did you mean that the 's stands for has ?

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    Dear Casiopea,
    Hi, the statement is extracted from a source.
    Thanks for the correction. ^-^
    Which one did the Source actually list? :?

    1. There is never a better time than now. (OK)
    2. There's never been a better time than now. (OK)
    3. There is never been a better time than now. (Not OK)

    Note that, There's stands for There has. The apostrophe (') replaced the consonant-vowel "ha". :wink:

    All the best, :D
    The second one.
    Now I know I misinterpreted the 's as is. In fact, it is "has".
    Thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    The second one. Now I know I misinterpreted the 's as is. In fact, it is "has".
    Thanks a lot.

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