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    She had not been fixing my computer since 9 O'clock.

    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    A) She had not been fixing my computer since 9 O'clock.
    B) The girl had not been boiling eggs for 10 minutes.
    C) She had not been combing her hair for 10 minutes.

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    Re: She had not been fixing my computer since 9 O'clock.

    I'm not clear in what context you think we would be likely to use this construction. They're all grammatically correct (in the right context!) but don't capitalise "o" in "o'clock".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She had not been fixing my computer since 9 O'clock.

    You are asking a lot of questions about the past perfect tense.

    These sentences cannot stand alone. You need a reason or a context for using the past perfect.

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    Re: She had not been fixing my computer since 9 O'clock.

    Yes. These are grammatical but peculiar. For them the make sense, you would have to have a very specific situation.

    If you insert them into paragraphs so we know what you're trying to say, we can tell you whether you're using your tenses grammatically.

    One of your sentences that I saw yesterday was an impossibility ("He had been doing something since 2015"), which made me think you might need help with perfect tenses.

    Your first example here is the strangest: She had not been fixing my computer since 9 O'clock.

    It might mean:

    - She was fixing it earlier but stopped at 9:00.
    - She said she had begun fixing it at 9:00 but was lying.
    - Someone else told you that she had started fixing it at 9:00, but the person who said it was wrong.

    But you haven't given us the information we need to tell you if you're using the tense properly. So tell us more.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 29-May-2016 at 18:55.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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