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    Question Means of 'However brief it may have been'?

    I found this ' However brief it may have been' in 'However brief it may have been, the section on Hong Kong in Premier Li Keqiang’s (李克強) annual work report to the state legislature has been taken as an indicator of Beijing’s latest stance towards the city.'

    Please help tell me the meaning of it ' however brief it may have been'

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    Re: What''s the mean of 'however brief it may have been'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bakaparin View Post
    What is the meaning of "However brief it may have been"? Waiting for I am looking forward toyour help.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please see my changes above. You need to ask the full question in the post, not just in the title. "Waiting for your help" is not an appropriate sentence here. It sounds impatient and demanding.

    In your title, you used quotation marks (") instead of an apostrophe (') in "What's".

    Please give us a full sentence including your fragment and tell us where you saw it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What''s the mean of 'however brief it may have been'?

    I have merged your two threads so we now have the full context in post #1 (somewhat confusingly!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What''s the mean of 'however brief it may have been'?

    It means that even though the section was short, it indicated his stance.
    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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    Re: What''s the mean of 'however brief it may have been'?

    You could rephrase to Regardless of how brief it was...

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