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    Test

    A: I can't understand why David is late. Didn't he say he would be here
    by 4.00.
    B: ..... Something must have delayed him. I'm sure he'll be here soon.

    a) No.he didn't b) Yes,he did

    I can't understand or I don't want to understand why we can't put here answer A. He is sure, that's why answer A isn't appropriate here?
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    Re: Test

    A asked, 'he did say he would be here by 4?'

    If... if - B says No, he didn't say that.
    then B is disagreeing with A - David did not say he would be there by 4.
    then
    logically, B does not have any expected time of arrival for David. So how can he then say, 'he must be delayed/late'? Only when you expect someone to arrive by a particular time, and then they don't arrive, can you say 'they are delayed/ they are late'.

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    #3

    Re: Test

    Thanks. now I got it. You know, I thought A is asking if he had said that he would be late. It seems the question isn't his late arrival but about the appointment. Am I right?


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    Re: Test

    Yes. He is asking, "Did he or did he not say, he would be here at 4 00.?"

    a) No, he didn't - he didn't give any definite time when he would arrive.

    b) Yes, he did. He should have been here at 4 00. "Something must have delayed him".

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