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    She hasn’t been speaking since 9 o’clock.

    She hasn’t been speaking since 9 o’clock.

    The grammar book written by a Chinese author explains the sentence above as equals to “she has been speaking not since nine but perhaps since half past nine.”

    Is the author wrong?

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    Re: She hasn’t been speaking since 9 o’clock.

    If the preceding statement was "She has been speaking since 9 o'clock" and the quoted sentence is meant to be a statement of disagreement, then the author is right.

    - This is a really long speech.
    - I know! She's been speaking since 9 o'clock.
    - She hasn't been speaking since 9 o'clock. I think she started at about 8.15!
    - Yes, you're right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She hasn’t been speaking since 9 o’clock.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Couldn't it mean she has been keeping silent since 9 ?

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    Re: She hasn’t been speaking since 9 o’clock.

    No. That would be "She hasn't spoken since 9 o'clock".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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