I want to say that a certain fact is true "from the beginning of the story to the present".

But AFAIK, the preposition "from" is not so good for describing time, and I should use the preposition "since" instead. So, maybe I should say: "since the beginning of the story to the present". But this sounds wrong.

So maybe "since the beginning of the story until the present"? This sounds awkward.

What is the best way to say this?


1 Answer 1


Since since marks a point in time and not a timespan, you have to construct your sentence in a certain way.

That fact has been true since the beginning of the story.

If you want to emphasize that the trueness is inverted right now (I could have said "It's not true anymore") I'd suggest something along the lines of

It has been true up until now

  • So, you say I should not try to complement "since" with "to", "until" etc.? Dec 20, 2013 at 12:27
  • @ErelSegalHalevi "from .. to" marks a timespan, so does "since .. until", you might not mix them. My second example could be rewritten as "Since the beginning it has been true, up until now"
    – npst
    Dec 20, 2013 at 22:42

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .