Hello native or very good speakers!

Can I say "This has been this way for every time I've known?" As this is part of a poem, I'd really like to keep "known" at the end as it rhymes with the line before. It sounds right to me but a friend pointed out that it sounded strange to him. I want to express that a certain situation was that way as long as I can remember.
1) Is it correct?
2) If it isn't, will it get the point across?

Thank you in advance!

The whole verse goes
Lonley, but not alone
for every time I've known

  • It's understandable, but "... for ..." expects a duration (e.g. for 5 min), which "every time I've known" doesn't deliver. Consider "... for as long as I can remember" instead.
    – Lawrence
    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:25
  • What about for as long as I've known? As I stated above I really like to keep known there.
    – infinitezero
    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:29
  • That sounds fine.
    – Lawrence
    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:31
  • If you want you can post this as an answer and I'll select it :)
    – infinitezero
    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:42
  • Do you need to use the term "this way". How about It has been so for as long as I've known.
    – WS2
    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:56

1 Answer 1


The sentence conveys the intent that it has been that way each time you've looked, or for as long as you remember, but it isn't idiomatic.

The word for in this context should be followed by a duration - e.g. for five minutes. However "every time I've known" isn't a duration.

Consider "... for as long as I've known" instead.

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