How to use Been in a sentence

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  • I have been in Paris.

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  • The battle had been raging for some time.

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  • You've been a very good girl.

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  • His little army had been beaten and scattered.

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  • She was uneasy because she had never been on a plane before.

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  • I have not been sick at all.

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  • We've been away for a long time, you know, and so we're anxious to get home again.

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  • Where in the world have you been, my lad?

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  • He has been called the Father of his Country.

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  • May each evening see that all thy wishes have been performed.

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  • He and Uncle Hugson have been having a fine visit.

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  • What have you been after?

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  • Gilbert de Lafayette's father and grandfather and great-grandfather had all been brave and noble men.

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  • The little chest that held his clothing had been carried down to the bank.

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  • We've been married for nearly five years, and we just made love.

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  • He began to ask about his enemies who had been hunting him.

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  • Maybe Katie wasn't the only one who had been overlooked by Señor Medena when it came to inheritance.

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  • It was recognized as the flu, although records describe conditions which were highly likely to have been polio.

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  • There has been much discussion of such of Miss Sullivan's statements and explanations as have been published before.

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  • Lately she has been much interested in colour.

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  • Well... they had been flirting with each other in the car.

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  • But scientists have been busy sequencing all manner of things.

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  • She had evidently been reading, and fallen asleep.

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  • He was a great hunter, I have been told, and a celebrated shot.

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  • They had never been anywhere else overnight together.

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  • These were two Frenchmen who had been hiding in the forest.

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  • We've been in the dark quite a while, and you may as well explain what has happened.

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  • If he had been the only child in the family, things might have been different.

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  • These same questions had been asked me a hundred times by the learned doctors.

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  • We've been sitting here too long!

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  • But then, Alex had always been fluent in pretty talk.

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  • They were angry because their plans had been discovered.

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  • He had had a short illness, there had been a brief time of acute suffering, then all was over.

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  • He has been set down.

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  • She's been sleeping a lot.

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  • It's been almost a week.

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  • If you hadn't happened to find the piglet, Eureka would surely have been executed.

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  • When has starting a business been so easy?

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  • This has been a common situation throughout areas with high degrees of poverty and is certainly the case in Ethiopia.

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  • That should have been the end of it, right?

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  • That beverage was already known to the French and had been given a special name.

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  • And yet, in a way, waiting this long might have been an advantage.

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  • More like Dulce has been talking to me.

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  • Do you think everything they have done has been with the single ambition of getting third-party information out of you?

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  • Everybody was astonished, for that boy was the best scholar in the school, and he had never been known to break a rule.

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  • Both are better off than they were, even though nothing new has been created.

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  • In 2005, rice became the first crop plant whose complete genome had been compiled.

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  • What else has been achieved in our march toward civilization?

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  • The morning had been fine, but it was growing warm and sultry when at last we turned our faces homeward.

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  • Besides, I have been told that "sociables" cost more than other kinds of bicycles.

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  • She had been with me to take letters to the post-office.

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  • She had been living in a world she could not realize.

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  • It wouldn't have been so much fun for him if she had reacted the way he did when she told him she was pregnant.

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  • Actually, she hadn't thought how it looked to others - and there had never been any doubt in her mind that she was fortunate to have Alex.

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  • Maybe Alex wanted to be in control because he had been dominated all his life.

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  • Water would have been her choice.

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  • But it would have been alright if I had?

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  • Actually, Dulce had been disrespectful with every look and word.

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  • You've been quiet for weeks - since we left Texas.

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  • You've been a comfort to me.

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  • I've been going on and on.

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  • That would have been more convincing if you hadn't been so willing at first.

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  • His day had already been disrupted enough.

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  • I've been sitting right over there.

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  • It's been more than that for a long time - or am I only imagining things?

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  • Mom said Dad hasn't been feeling well, and he won't go to the doctor.

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  • Until now, there hadn't been much time.

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  • Had the idea only been a clever method to gain favors?

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  • We've been on the same stage since Ashley.

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  • I've been picked over six years, but our family is known to be especially long lived.

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  • Dorothy climbed into the buggy, although Jim had been unharnessed from it and was grazing some distance away.

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  • And the whole thing has been unnatural because that cat and I are both able to talk your language, and to understand the words you say.

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  • The captain himself had been a robber.

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  • But if I had not helped you, you would have been in a worse place.

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  • Smallpox has been with us for thousands of years.

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  • Ever since we've had agriculture, people have been employing technology to make it better.

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  • In the past, humanity has been able to sustain both wars and progress.

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  • Wars have often been the result of misunderstandings brought about by language.

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  • Being educated in the United States has long been a mark of distinction for the elites of other nations.

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  • But my teacher had been with me several weeks before I understood that everything has a name.

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  • Until then I had been like a foreigner speaking through an interpreter.

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  • She has not had a vacation for twelve years, think of it, and all that time she has been the sunshine of my life.

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  • We could hear the yells of the boys and the cheers of the lookers-on as plainly in our room as if we had been on the field.

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  • In order to answer her questions, I have been obliged to read a great deal about animals.

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  • A child of the muses cannot write fine English unless fine English has been its nourishment.

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  • A bed had been made on a bedstead for the countess only.

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  • Certainly she had been under a lot of stress.

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  • Right or wrong, the decision had been made.

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  • Not that one had anything to do with the other, but the technology of surrogacy would have been inconceivable back then.

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  • I've been getting the feeling she is trying to break us up.

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  • Has she been disrespectful of you?

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  • Have you been talking to Dulce?

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  • Apparently something had been discussed in her absence.

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  • Alex should have been there to see that.

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  • He would have been so proud.

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  • He'd been in a grumpy mood since he got up.

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  • No one could have been more private than Josh.

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  • I should have been checking it.

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  • The hardwood floor had not been stained.

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  • He seemed sincere, but it could have been an act.

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  • I sure hope you're going to deliver what you've been promising all evening.

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  • It must have been a smorgasbord.

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  • Maybe we would have felt this way with them if things had been different.

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  • I guess he's always been a part of me... one I've wasted most of my life trying to remove.

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  • Not like I wanted to take him away from the man who had been a Dad to him.

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  • Had he been blaming Señor Medena for the death of his Dad?

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  • If the boy had been his, how would his good intentions have made her husband feel?

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  • She could have been a model.

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  • I should have been with them tonight.

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  • It was something she had been told often, but never expected to be asked.

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  • But you haven't been working there all that long.

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  • I know you've been preoccupied, but everyone else has noticed his interest in you.

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  • Hard as it was to admit, the embrace and the kiss had been comforting.

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  • Had his offer been as impulsive as her acceptance?

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  • How could she have been such a fool?

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  • You could have been killed today, you know that?

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  • If it had been anyone else, I would have accepted that, but she liked to control people.

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  • She had been so distracted with her own troubles that his interests and needs had been ignored.

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  • But I don't like the way I've been treating you.

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  • You've been through a lot.

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  • It might have been something she would suspect if she had ever seen him in the pool.

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  • He hadn't been accepted as their roommate because he was pretty.

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  • I've been trying to catch you since you left the lounge.

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  • Then they were locked in a passionate embrace, seeking and finding the love they had been pushing aside for so long.

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  • That's what I've been wanting to tell you.

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  • If she hadn't been there in his arms only minutes ago, she never would have guessed he had been so aroused.

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  • If they all hadn't been so close, she would have thought he didn't hear the question.

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  • How long had it been?

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  • She had thought she could never be coerced, but the truth was, she had never been tempted.

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  • They must have been attacked some time during the night.

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  • She kept her vigil for what must have been several hours.

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  • When the last horse had been gone for a few minutes, he stood.

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  • How long would the Indians wait before they realized they had been fooled?

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  • Bordeaux had been leading the horse along the ravine to spare its hooves, but it had been a risk that hadn't paid off.

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  • The landscape around them was bleak, almost as devoid of plant life as the white sands had been.

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  • She was taking liberties he had been gentleman enough to resist.

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  • Where had they been?

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  • More important, what had they been doing?

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  • We've been invited to stay for breakfast.

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  • Nothing has been going on that you wouldn't be welcome to watch.

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  • Neither of them had been in high spirits yesterday.

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  • He had been preoccupied yesterday with his business in Ashley.

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  • I've been looking for you every since.

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  • If she hadn't witnessed his exchange with the woman earlier, she would have been certain he was disappointed.

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  • She hadn't been given that much consideration.

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  • There was no point in telling them that riding with Bordeaux hadn't been her idea.

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  • Still, he had been with Darcey only minutes before.

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  • But their conversation... was an expression of love for a sibling – siblings that had apparently been through a lot together.

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  • Haven't you been through enough danger in the past two weeks?

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  • If all their conversations in the three months he had been coming to the diner were put together, it was doubtful that they would make a respectable paragraph.

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  • How long have you been working here?

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  • We've been all through this a zillion times.

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  • The years had not been kind to him.

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  • She sipped her coffee reflectively and finally found the courage ask him a question that had been nagging her since his offer.

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  • She didn't own a swimsuit, so bra and panties had been her option.

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  • Had she been flirting - unconsciously?

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  • You've been around that furry thing so long that you're beginning to look like him.

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  • I think you've been working too hard lately.

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  • Had that been the purpose for his trip to town?

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  • Was that what their conversation had been about today?

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  • Mary had never been the jealous type, but then, where love was concerned, people changed.

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  • Was she blinded by love now, or had she merely been unobservant before?

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  • She had been so sure it would never happen with her consent.

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  • She had been a willing participant.

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  • Their friendship had been destroyed by one night of passion.

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  • You haven't been in to see Mary for a while.

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  • She gazed up at him, completely disarmed by his smile, and yet somehow proud that she had been the one to put it there.

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  • Hadn't she been entirely accommodating?

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  • What a fool she had been.

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  • But no, she had been so certain, so naive.

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  • Had it been that long since she talked to Mary?

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  • Has it always been on the farm?

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  • The only thing she had been proving lately was that she could successfully avoid him.

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  • All her dreams had been dashed - all but one.

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  • Until now she had been thinking of no one but herself.

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  • The house has been unbearably lonely without you.

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  • We chatted briefly, agreed to have coffee and have been nearly inseparable ever sense.

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  • Just think; they might have been real people you were seeing.

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  • How many times have any of us been involved in an event remotely exciting?

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  • It's been tough on Howie.

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  • Oh, and tell him I swear not to look at what other girl's he's been calling... cross my heart, like fun!

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  • It's been a part of me since the dogs of law released from their barred kennel.

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  • Have you been sick?

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  • They advanced in a great swarm, having been joined by many more of their kind, and they flew straight over Jim's head to where the others were standing.

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  • His fame had not been forgotten in the Land of Oz, by any means.

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  • They show that three toes have been lost from the left forefoot.

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  • The summer had been very dry and the corn crop had failed.

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  • He had now been a wanderer for twenty days.

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  • They let you fall into the water, and you would have been drowned, if it hadn't been for me.

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  • Has there ever before been a time when business opportunity was more blind to color, gender, or creed?

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  • Science's progress over the past few hundred years has been determined mainly by the relatively slow speed at which we were able to collect data.

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  • You are being helped by an excellent salesperson who has been working there for twenty-five years.

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  • In the last thirty years there has not been a single smallpox death or even a single infection.

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  • Even smallpox has been sequenced and is available for download.

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  • Even with this technology called money, trade has been difficult.

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  • The disturbing thing to realize is we would have been those people had we been born in those times.

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  • Monarchy is not inherently bad, and there have been fine kings and queens in history.

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  • As a historian, I know it has been the vanity of every age to think it represents a high point in history.

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  • All the best of me belongs to her--there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.

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  • Teacher has been sick in bed for many days.

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  • Consequently, I did not do so well as I should have done, if Teacher had been allowed to read the Algebra and Geometry to me.

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  • Thus far my summer has been sweeter than anything I can remember.

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  • My mother, and sister and little brother have been here five weeks, and our happiness knows no bounds.

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  • She has never been taught; but they say she can sew and likes to help others in this sort of work.

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  • Her life has been a series of attempts to do whatever other people do, and to do it as well.

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  • Her progress in arithmetic has been equally remarkable.

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  • In this, as in all other things, Miss Sullivan has been the wise teacher.

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  • You've been in a hurry.

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  • The whole day had been hot.

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  • It was long since there had been so stormy a meeting.

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  • He had for some seconds been intently watching what was going on a few steps away.

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  • It followed that there must have been a victory.

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  • You've already been in action?

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  • The French who had been pursuing him stopped.

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  • What has he been doing all this time?

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  • During the last few days many of the men have been seen to throw away their cartridges and their arms.

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  • All day it had been calm and frosty with occasional lightly falling snow and toward evening it began to clear.

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  • The lower stakes cracked more and more and at last the wall fell, and with it the men who had been pushing it.

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  • If it had been from the cold, ours would not have rotted either.

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  • Natasha had been staying at her brother's with her husband and children since early autumn.

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  • He's always been so alert and in control.

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  • That must have been really difficult for you.

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  • They must have been close, and yet, to the best of her memory, Alex had not spoken of Gerald.

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  • Of course, she could have used sign language, but that would have been distracting - and it wouldn't have been as personal.

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  • My, aren't you the night owl tonight - the boy who has been dancing with me half the night.

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  • I guess we could say he hasn't been around much.

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  • If it had been for both of them, they would have invited some of her friends - like Katie and Bill.

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  • The subject was how Mary had been a vessel to carry the son of god.

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  • I know life would have been a lot simpler for me.

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  • She released the breath she had been unconsciously holding.

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  • Actually, her first morning of sickness had been unpleasant, until she discovered the cause was pregnancy.

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  • If he had simply ignored her, she might have been able to get her emotions under control, but now a sob threatened so convincingly that she was afraid to breathe.

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  • A piñata had been hung from one of the banisters above and the children of some of the employees joined them.

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  • You all have been so nice to us, and we've enjoyed our stay.

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  • He had never mentioned what Christmas had been like at his home.

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  • Maybe because it had the same theme of wrought iron and ivory as the hacienda - and maybe they had been visiting too long.

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  • Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.

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  • He had been spending too much time with the television lately.

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  • If he trusted her, he wouldn't have been snapping at her as if she had done something wrong.

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  • What have you two been arguing about, and why did you kiss your brother like that?

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  • Was that what they had been arguing about?

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  • He's been clear enough about that, and yet it's being pushed on him.

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  • Right now she'd like to kiss those smooth lips - and she might if she didn't know where they'd been last.

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  • And yet, if Señor Medena hadn't been so pushy, would he have accepted the inheritance?

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  • Who could say what might have been if the smallest thing had been different in their lives?

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  • She had been the one who pushed him back into it.

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  • Had they all been arguing?

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  • Three weeks ago she would have been embarrassed by such a conversation.

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  • That's what's been bothering me all this time.

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  • But we're married - and have been for a long time.

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  • I've been so focused on sin that I have been...

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  • That I've been making you miserable.

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  • Carmen let go of the blanket she had been clutching to her chest and turned to shut her light off.

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  • His excuse for going to Columbia had been that they needed money.

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  • If they hadn't been fighting, he might have been there when she started hemorrhaging.

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  • I know, we've been all through this before - but I still don't understand.

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  • You would have had to tell me about an entire family you'd been hiding.

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  • He didn't tell her about the money because it would lead to questions - both about the money and the fact that he had been hiding it from her.

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  • The files had been there all along and he had given her passwords and permission to look at them since they were first married.

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  • What a complicated situation Alex had been born into.

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  • He must have been overwhelmed with the responsibility - and guilt.

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  • Wouldn't it be wounded knowing he had been used to their advantage?

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  • She had been lying around all day catching up on her sleep while Carmen worked on her bedroom.

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  • As if Destiny had not been through enough already, she was forced to stay inside the tent.

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  • Someone from the church or clinic must have been by and brought it for Alex.

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  • Was God punishing Destiny because they had been greedy?

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  • He must understand what Alex had been through.

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  • He's been sick all morning.

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  • The line was silent for so long that she checked her phone to see if the call had been dropped.

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  • In a way, it was hard to believe it had been that long.

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  • Maybe she was right, and if Alex hadn't been such a perfect husband in every other way, she might have done it.

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  • Maybe that was what he had been so preoccupied with lately.

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  • I don't know what's been bothering you lately, but if I've done something, I wish you would tell me.

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  • No wonder he had been so solemn lately.

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  • It shouldn't be any surprise, since that was what suffered when he had been troubled in the past.

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  • They had been married almost five years, so... that meant the baby was conceived long before they met - about the time he and Tessa were going to get married.

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  • No wonder Dulce had been so upset.

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  • If Alex had known he had a son, things would have been different.

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  • Wouldn't it have been easier if you had told me?

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  • That should have been no big surprise, but Carmen would have thought he would welcome the idea of a willing heir.

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  • He said he felt bad about it, but conceded that Tessa had been less than honest with him on more than one occasion.

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  • When Alex approached Carmen about giving Tessa some money, she said it was up to him, but keep in mind that the issue could have been something like drugs.

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  • If it hadn't been for Katie, she might not have discovered that she was right.

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  • The only business experience she had was the goat dairy, the non-functional farm and a horse ranch that had been in the fetal stage for years.

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  • I'm afraid I've been putting on weight.

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  • There had been two cancellations on a flight and Alex grabbed them.

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  • It couldn't have been more than a few seconds, but it seemed much longer.

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  • In the weeks of natural stimulation, she had been the one who was embarrassed.

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  • Carmen had been his soul mate for a long time.

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  • Katie had been telling him that for years, but he hadn't seen it until now.

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  • As bad as the wreck was, it could have been worse.

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  • It was a moment that lay in her stomach like a week-long hunger, regardless of the fact that they had been gone only minutes.

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  • To an extent she had even been an accomplice.

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  • Allen had been drinking at the party a little more than usual.

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  • It would have been humiliating if anyone had noticed, but no one seemed to pay much attention – probably because so many others were also drinking.

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  • Of course, the little red truck Dad had been drooling over.

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  • How have you been, Len?

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  • Maybe Howard had been involved in an investigation.

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  • But they had been inconvenienced enough with all her problems.

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  • The car had been shut up long enough that it smelled of old upholstery.

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  • Solitude had always been her friend.

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  • What a fool she had been to come here.

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  • But after what you've been through, I guess it would seem like a picnic.

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  • The grass had been mown short for about five feet on either side of the narrow drive, and a tangle of underbrush and trees lay beyond... freedom, or a barrier?

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  • It had been foolish to climb into the car with him.

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  • It had been in all the local papers, but she wasn't sure she could talk about it without getting emotional.

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  • Maybe if I'd been with them...

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  • If you had been with them you couldn't have done anything to prevent the accident.

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  • The seclusion she knew well, having been brought up less than five miles from this house.

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  • She had always been a recluse at heart, often declining a social outing with her friends so that she could be alone with a book or her writing.

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  • Being close enough so that she could attend college while living at home had been their rationalization, but she suspected they were also trying to stimulate her social life.

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  • The trail couldn't have been a road... more likely a wash.

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  • I've been thinking about rigging up something on the front to catch the webs.

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  • It was a sobering reminder that a bear had been on this spot – possibly only minutes earlier.

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  • Geez. Looks like it's been hit by a locomotive.

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  • Even so, it was as if a something had been lifted from her chest, allowing the flow of oxygen and blood to a starving brain.

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  • As if she hadn't been a burden in enough ways, now she had Mrs. Giddon upset with him.

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  • It was a strange feeling to realize she had been in a cocoon for weeks.

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  • I haven't been so entertained in years.

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  • He and Sarah had done far more for her than could have been expected.

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  • Sometimes she imagined a large field of marijuana, but that would have been discovered long ago.

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  • The day she met him he had been riding on the road.

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  • And yet, if she hadn't come to this house, it would have been worse.

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  • He had been perfectly content to step back and let her bear the brunt of Giddon's anger, even knowing that he had arrived uninvited.

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  • Dating Allen hadn't been a good idea.

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  • His kiss had been an act of aggression, not passion.

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  • Had Allen been here to make a drug deal with Giddon?

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  • Was that why Giddon had been so angry?

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  • Besides, her lack of response in the past had been far more effective.

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  • Would she have been able to hear his conversation behind a closed door?

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  • What if she had been seriously injured?

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  • What if a snake had been in those bushes?

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  • Her directions hadn't been far off.

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  • And what would you have done if it had been a bear?

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  • Was he actually concerned about the fact that she might have been killed, or that his hideout might have been discovered in a search for her body?

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  • It must have been terrible for Yancey.

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  • There would have been, if Valorie had lived.

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  • So he hadn't been in Tammy's room all this time.

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  • I'm just beginning to see what I've been missing.

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  • If Howard had not been able to find anything on Yancey, it was probably because there was nothing to tell.

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  • You've never been here before?

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  • Tammy could have been born when he was very young.

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  • Maybe the letter had been intercepted.

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  • No one had been to that box before her.

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  • She had been making out with a man who might be involved in drug trafficking.

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  • Had there been another?

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  • She looked down at her plate before they discovered they had been observed.

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  • For a moment she wanted to retract the part about being entertainment, but when he spoke she realized it might have been exactly what she needed to say.

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  • Who hasn't sat at a stop light and been so distracted by something else that they didn't notice the light was green?

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  • Had he been stalking her the day she fell off the bluff?

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  • Maybe so, but there have been many people attacked by bears - mostly black bears.

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