I have confusion with a sentence. Is there anybody who can help me? The sentence is given below. I am plying violin since I was 5 years old -is it correct sentence grammatically? If it is correct then what type of clause this would be- since I was 5 years old


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The correct grammar

I have been playing violin since I was 5 years old.

This assumes that the speaker started playing violin at 5 years old and has been playing up to now, continuously.

The reason

We use has/have been playing (present perfect progressive) and not (be) playing (present continuous) because (be) playing describes "now" only.

has/have been playing describes a time period that started in the past and has continued up to "now" and includes "now". This is the case in the sentence in question, based on indicated assumption.

Type of clause?

since I was 5 years old is an adverbial clause, because it describes "when" and points to the verb have been playing

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    Google Books Ngram Viewer indicates that the phrase playing the violin is about six times more popular than playing violin. I'm not sure whether this represents an Atlantic divide. Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 22:06
  • @RonaldSole "I love this place ever since you brought me here" is it correct sentence? Can you please help me? Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 9:55
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    @Omar No. Needs present perfect: I have loved this ....... (a past action that continues to affect the present) Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 14:50
  • @RonaldSole Thank you for your reply! But I found this in "500 days of summer" film where Summer said to Tom, "I loved this place ever since you brought me here". She used past indefinite only. If you are a native would you mind to explain this? I'm trying to be confident in English, Please! Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 15:42
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    @Omar The use of the simple past in instances like these is a common error. I hear it all the time from BBC journalists and it makes me shudder. Very often, however, someone might say: I've loved.... and it might sound like I loved..... if the person is speaking quickly or indistinctly. Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 16:47

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