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I am not a native English speaker and in my country my teacher used to ask students to translate our native language into English and vice-versa. That's when, I encountered this question for the very first time. My teacher emphasized on the usage of 'since' in the following example which I could never reconcile myself to.
I have some questions regarding the following sentences:

  1. I've been watching TV for last two days.
  2. I've been watching TV since last two days.

Which sentence above is grammatical?

Am I correct if I say: the expression "two days" refers to a "period of time" so use: for, but the "last two days" refers to "point of time" so use: since?

I read the following explanation on answers.com

Since last two months", that one is correct. When you are talking about a period of time, you have to use since, because it's a grammatical word used to indicate that a situation has continued from a particular time or event in the past.

The explanation provided by that website further adds to my misery!
Please help me understand it.Thanks in advance.

  • Please say where you read these examples, (the source) state its name and, if possible, include a link. Or whether you invented these examples yourself. – Mari-Lou A Oct 5 '16 at 15:00
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    The use of "since" is correct if you are referring to a point in time. "Last two days" is not a point in time, though. "Two days ago" is a point in time. – stangdon Oct 5 '16 at 16:16
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Neither is really correct, since you have to say "the last two days", but the first one is closer to being correct.

"two days" is a period of time, but "the last two days" is also a period of time, so you would say "for the last two days". If you mean "beginning at a point in time two days ago", you would say "since two days ago".

Reference: FOR and SINCE for Time

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  • how about this answers.com/Q/… ? – user42700 Oct 5 '16 at 15:08
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    @kilimanjaro - The answer given at answers.com is incorrect. Literally saying "since last two months" is wrong. – stangdon Oct 5 '16 at 16:15

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