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    Negative form of "will have been"

    Could you please tell me the negative form of "will have been"?
    Is this "will not have been" or "will have not been"?
    And Is there any difference in meaning of "will not have been" an "will have not been"?
    If they are the same, which one is more natural and common?
    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    Quote Originally Posted by inorderto View Post
    Could you please tell me the negative form of "will have been"?
    Is this "will not have been" or "will have not been"?
    And Is there any difference in meaning of "will not have been" an "will have not been"?
    If they are the same, which one is more natural and common?
    Thanks in advance.
    By that time he won't have been working there for a week yet.

    will have not been working - ungrammatical


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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    Quote Originally Posted by inorderto View Post
    Could you please tell me the negative form of "will have been"?
    Is this "will not have been" or "will have not been"?
    And Is there any difference in meaning of "will not have been" an "will have not been"?
    If they are the same, which one is more natural and common?
    Thanks in advance.
    Will not have been is correct. I can't think of any context where will have not been could be considered correct. Maybe someone else can?

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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    Inorderto, I have the distinct impression that you have copied this question from another post to which I had responded asking the poster to consider something.


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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Inorderto, I have the distinct impression that you have copied this question from another post to which I had responded asking the poster to consider something.
    Exactly, My question motivated from "this post". Because in this post, the question was not clear and then we got stuck. And further more I don't want to be so impolite to hijack this post. Hope you could understand and be so kind to give your comments here.

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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    'Will not have been' is ungrammatical. Sorry everyone, this is a typographic error.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 10-Dec-2008 at 07:34. Reason: Typo


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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    Will not have been is correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'Will not have been' is ungrammatical.
    OMG, what is going on here? Both of you are English teacher. Who should I trust? help me please.
    Thanks naomimalan and bhaisahab.


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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    Until bhaisahab logs on again, and answers for himself, I think it's safe to say that he just made a typo:

    'will not have been' and the contraction, 'won't have been', are correct.

    'will have not been' (though God knows, you may hear/read it in some blog) is not correct.

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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    How about something like this? It seems okay to me.

    A...How is your attempt to quit smoking going?
    B...It's going much better now. I have not been smoking at all in the last few weeks. In fact, in four days I will have not been smoking for exactly one month.

    Now forget the above context and just consider the grammar.

    If you say 'I will not have been smoking for exactly one month.', it could mean 'I will have been smoking for two months.'


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    Re: Negative form of "will have been"

    If you say 'I will not have been smoking for exactly one month.', it could mean 'I will have been smoking for two months.'
    It implies that, when we use the Future tense; and to do so, we need a clause such as:
    "I will not have been smoking for two months by the time you receive this letter."

    Without: "I have not smoked for two months".
    (To say, "I have not been smoking for two months" implies that the speaker does not rule a relapse out of the question.)
    Again, all it proves is that posters should give more context - and we (mea culpa) - should require some context before replying; otherwise, we flounder in possible sentence constructions.

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