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I know that I can use "since" at the beginning when I want to mean "because". Can I do the same when I want to refer to a time-moment? I feel like if I use "since" at the beginning of a sentence, people can think that I mean "because" despite the fact that I don't mean "because". For example if I say "Since I came back home, I feel happy", I think that people can think that I meant "I feel happy because I came back home" despite the fact that I meant "Since the time I came back home...". I know that I can use the emphasized version "ever since" at the beginning of a sentence by the way. Can I do the same with "since"? Or if I use it at the beginning, do I have to use the phrase "the time" after it like "Since the time I did.." instead of "Since I did..."?

I actually just noticed that the meaning of "since" can be mistaken for "because" when it's in the middle of a sentence too. How can you native speakers differentiate the meanings?

  • It is ambiguous when using since as you did without any time reference. It would be a matter of interpretation based on a larger context. – user3169 Dec 31 '17 at 7:26
  • Thanks. I can use it at the beginning of a sentence, right? – Fire and Ice Dec 31 '17 at 10:14
  • Sure you can... – user3169 Dec 31 '17 at 19:31

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