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    John did not come/arrive home until 2 am last night

    Hi everyone

    I am not sure where to place "nicht". Should it place before the verb or before the prepositional phrase

    The english sentence is this
    John did not come/arrive home until 2 am last night

    John kam in der Nacht bis zwei Uhr nicht zu Hause (an)
    or John kam in der Nacht nicht bis zwei Uhr zu Hause (an)

    Danke im Voraus

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    Re: John kam in der Nacht bis zwei Uhr nicht zu Hause

    If he did arrive at 2 am I would say:

    John kam letzte Nacht erst um zwei Uhr nach Hause.

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    Re: John kam in der Nacht bis zwei Uhr nicht zu Hause

    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurg View Post
    If he did arrive at 2 am I would say:

    John kam letzte Nacht erst um zwei Uhr nach Hause.
    Thank you Demiurg

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    Re: John kam in der Nacht bis zwei Uhr nicht zu Hause

    Or, if you gave up waiting for him at 2AM:

    Bis 2 Uhr morgens war er noch nicht zuhause.

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    Re: John kam in der Nacht bis zwei Uhr nicht zu Hause

    Quote Originally Posted by exgerman View Post
    Or, if you gave up waiting for him at 2AM:

    Bis 2 Uhr morgens war er noch nicht zuhause.
    Right, but that doesn't fit the original context, which was that John did not come home until 2 am. In my book, this can only mean that he came home at 2 am, not sometime after. In the case that one doesn't know exactly what time he came home, but knows that it must have been after 2 am (e.g., because one stayed up waiting for him until then), I would use "John had (still) not come home by 2 am last night".

    Cheers
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