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    #1

    I have been

    Hello,

    I would like to know if these sentences have exactly the same meaning:

    I have been three years without meeting my sister.

    I have been without meeting my sister for three years.


    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: I have been

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to know if these sentences have exactly the same meaning:

    I have been three years without meeting my sister.

    I have been without meeting my sister for three years.


    Thank you
    Neither is very natural and the second one is decidedly awkward.
    "It has been three years since I saw my sister"
    "I haven't seen my sister for three years"

    These are much better.

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    #3

    Re: I have been

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to know if these sentences have exactly the same meaning:

    I have been three years without meeting my sister.

    I have been without meeting my sister for three years.


    Thank you
    I imagine that they do have the same meaning, but neither one would be uttered by a native speaker. A natural way of conveying this would most likely be, "I haven't seen my sister for three years."

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