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Related to this question: "Since" at the end of a sentence where it was stated that since can be used at the end of a sentence:

There were the children to consider. She had told him she wanted a divorce two days ago, and neither of them had slept since.

Is the above prefered over:

There were the children to consider. She had told him she wanted a divorce two days ago, and neither of them had slept since then.

Does it depende on the context, or are they equally valid?

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Considering a similar pair of examples from here,

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/since

I think there's a slight difference: technically, in version 1 'since' refers to an event (since she told him) while 'since then' refers to 'two days ago' (since that time). Reference to the event (since) in this particular sentence sounds more logical than to a recent day (since then).

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  • Thank you Alex!
    – Gabriel
    Jan 21, 2020 at 17:32

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