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What I want to ask, is if you have a sentence like:

He has bought his new car since 2015.

What will be the shape of that sentence if we begin it with "How many"? Which of these should it be?

  1. How many years, has he bought his new car since?

  2. How many years have been since he bought his new car?

  3. How many years since he bought his new car?

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    No. 3 is best, perhaps as "How many years is it since he bought his new car?" But there is a logical flaw with "new car". I would leave out "new" and ask "How many years is it since he bought that car?" – Weather Vane Feb 16 '20 at 19:45
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    "He has bought his new car since 2015" implies that he bought it at some time after 2015. Did you mean to say that he bought it in 2015? You could change (1) to "How many years ago did he buy his car?" – Kate Bunting Feb 17 '20 at 10:40
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Your original sentence is awkward. It would make more sense to say something like "He bought his new car in 2015" or "He has been driving his new car since 2015."

These would all be correct:

"When did he buy his new car?" ("He bought his new car in 2015" or "He bought his new car five years ago" would make sense as answers.)

"How many years ago did he buy his new car?" ("He bought his car five years ago" would make sense as an answer.)

"How many years has it been since he bought his new car?" ("It's been five years since he bought his new car" or "He bought his new car five years ago" would make sense as an answer.)

"How long has he been driving his new car?" ("He has been driving his new car since 2015" and "He has been driving his new car for five years" would make sense as answers.)

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  • "Your original sentence is awkward." I think it's because "since" doesn't work with simple past; one needs present perfect. – Acccumulation Mar 22 '20 at 20:22

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