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You may certainly use 在 to reference time, and you can negate it thus: 不是在八点起来,而在九点才起来。 You do need to use 是 though, otherwise 不在 will take on the meaning of existence or location. However, using 没 is more common: 八点还没起来,而九点才起来。 In both cases you are not negating time itself, but the action taking place at a certain time. This is logical, in any ...


I am a bit confused by the 在 in your example sentence, since you don't need it there, 我不在8点起床,我(在?)9点起床。 Frankly, I wouldn't know what this sentence was supposed to mean, if you hadn't provided a translation. If you want to express that something occures at a certain time of the day, e.g. X o'clock, there is no need for 在, just use X点 or X点钟. As for the ...

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