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    couldn't have been not talking

    If I knew that my friend liked to blab about different things at a party, would the following sentence make sense?

    "She couldn't have been not talking about it throughout the whole evening."

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    Re: couldn't have been not talking

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I knew that my friend liked to blab about different things at a party, would the following sentence make sense?

    "She couldn't have been not talking about it throughout the whole evening."
    The meaning is clear enough, but it's a clumsy sentence.

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    Re: couldn't have been not talking

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The meaning is clear enough, but it's a clumsy sentence.
    How would you say that you're almost sure she was talking about it?

    "She can't have been not talking ............"

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    Re: couldn't have been not talking

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How would you say that you're almost sure she was talking about it?

    "She can't have been not talking ............"
    "She can't have spent a whole evening without talking about it".

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    Re: couldn't have been not talking

    Or get out of this multiple negative morass: I'm sure she must have talked about it at some point in the evening!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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