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I am going to ask you a very stupid question. Actually, I would just like to make sure that I am right about sth. I feel very ashamed I do not know it for sure .
Is the sentence below correct, please?
I've not been waiting long.
Or do I have to say "I haven't been ..."?I am not sure whether the first sentence would be normally acceptable and considered right.
If the sentence really is right, is there a difference between "I've not been waiting long. " and "I have not been waiting long."? I mean, I know there is no difference in meaning; I'd just like to know if, for example, the second sentence emphasizes the negative "not" more or less than the first sentence.
(By the way, I'd really appreaciate if you corrected my English - as well as stylistics and punctuation (comma setting etc.).)
Thank you very much, Bob!
I am surprised that the typo (apart from the weird expression "comma setting") was the only mistake I made. Thank you for the correction, indeed. It is good to hear I didn't make (or haven't made?) any mistakes this time!
As to the wrong collocation "comma setting", I didn't know how to express it in English. The only thing I knew was that they call it "Kommasetzung" in German - that's why I thought it might have been similar in English.
'It is good to hear I didn't make (or haven't made?) any mistakes this time!'
(You'd use the present perfect with an adverbial denoting duration: 'I haven't made any mistakes for weeks.')
Last edited by BobK; 21-Aug-2007 at 11:48. Reason: Added final parenthesis
Thank you. You're really nice.