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    have come for three hours

    I have come for three hours while Joe is selling the pigs.

    The sentence above is taken from the BNC. Is it a good sentence? And if it is, what does it mean?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: have come for three hours

    I don't know what this sentence is trying to say.

    At the very beginning of a planned three-hour stay you can say I've come for three hours.

    What in the world does the sale of the pigs have to do with it?

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    Re: have come for three hours

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    i have come for three hours while joe is selling the pigs.

    The sentence above is taken from the bnc. Is it a good sentence? yes, i don't see a problem with it.
    and if it is, what does it mean? it means that i am here now and i will be here for a total of three hours, during which time joe will be selling pigs. The sentence could be said at any time during the three-hour period, not just at the beginning.

    for some reason you are there for three hours during the pig selling. Maybe joe or someone else requested your attendance, or maybe you just want to observe joe's pig-selling performance. (or whatever other reason)

    could i ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
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    Re: have come for three hours

    It occurred to me that there can a different context for that sentence, a context of leaving the place where Joe is selling the pigs and coming to another place for three hours to escape the pig-selling experience.
    The sentence's meaning would be clear from knowing if I am at the pig-selling place or at another place.

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    Re: have come for three hours

    Let me ask a different question.

    Is this a sentence that has any likelihood of being spoken in normal conversation?

    And another: If you have to work so hard to compe up with a suitable context, does it belong in an English learner's book?

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    Re: have come for three hours

    Quote Originally Posted by barb_d View Post
    let me ask a different question.

    Is this a sentence that has any likelihood of being spoken in normal conversation?
    of course it is unlikely in most people's everyday conversation, but at a place where pigs are sold it is possible. But that is not the point; the point is the grammar.
    'i have come here for three weeks while joe is recovering from surgery.'


    and another: If you have to work so hard to compe up with a suitable context, does it belong in an english learner's book?
    i don't think i had to work hard; the context came immediately. But later i realized that there was another context in which the sentence can be used.
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