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    Smile at the same time???

    This is the AP news: And three rare white lion cubs made their debut at a safari park in Germany. A total of seven were born to two different mothers in what the park staff called "a giant surprise" . That's because the mothers had not given birth at the same time in at least 40 years.

    I just wonder the meaning of this sentence, does it mean 'the mothers haven't given birth in at least 40 years' or 'they gave birth but not at the same time in the last 40 years'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: at the same time???

    The mothers have had cubs (i.e., given birth) in the last 40 years, but not at the same time.

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    Re: at the same time???

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    They gave birth but not at the same time in the last 40 years?
    Precisely!

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    Re: at the same time???

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    This is the AP news: And three rare white lion cubs made their debut at a safari park in Germany. A total of seven were born to two different mothers in what the park staff called "a giant surprise" . That's because the mothers had not given birth at the same time in at least 40 years.

    I just wonder the meaning of this sentence, does it mean 'the mothers haven't given birth in at least 40 years' or 'they gave birth but not at the same time in the last 40 years'?

    Thank you in advance.
    Maybe, you can break the sentence in three:
    The mothers had not given birth, at the same time, in at least 40 years. The "At the same time" is a prepositional phrase qualifies the "had not given birth". It means that in at least 40 years before the mothers had given birth to cubs but not at the same time.
    (Not a teacher)

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