I wasn't born at the time?

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Someone is talking about an event in 1960 and ask you whether you remember it or not and you want to say you were not born until later. what do you say? I wasn't born at the time?

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I don't see a problem with saying "I wasn't born at the time".
"I wasn't born yet" is correct too.
There are lots of correct ways to say this. You could also say:
"I had not been born yet".

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Someone is talking about an event in 1960 and ask you whether you remember it or not and you want to say you were not born until later. what do you say? I wasn't born at the time?

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That would be OK in colloquial English. Also, one could say "I wasn't born yet".
 

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I wouldn't say "I wasn't born yet".
 

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Hello.

What do you think about: "I wasn't born then"?

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Sure, but I replaced "yet" with "then". :)
 

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Really? Isn't it weird to say I was dead then?

That's why it was referred to as "thought-provoking". It's true that something can't really be dead until after it has been alive but the statement is unusual enough to make the listener think carefully!
 

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I don't see a problem with saying "I wasn't born at the time".
"I wasn't born yet" is correct too.
There are lots of correct ways to say this. You could also say:
"I had not been born yet".
 
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Why 'at the time' and not 'at that time'?

'At the time' sounds a bit vague to me. If we use it to talk about the past, can we also say: "I won't be able to make it tomorrow. I'll be out of town at the time."
 

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what do you say? I wasn't born at the time?

I'm OK with "I wasn't born at the/that time" in that context, but it's important to note that "wasn't born" is not a dynamic passive in that sentence; the sentence does not mean "My mother didn't bear me at the/that time." Instead, the meaning is stative. It's as if "wasn't born" were a copula followed by an adjective. The sentence is equivalent in meaning to "I was unborn at the/that time."
 
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