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  1. It has happened for the first time in 4 years since our family has gone on vacation.
  1. It has happened for the first time in 4 years that our family has gone on vacation.

I’m really confused between these sentences since #1 might be a usual construction, but it kind of sounds wrong to me in this case. I would rather use #2 in this situation. Am I correct?

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(1) is definitely not a usual construction. For one thing, it's is short for it is or it has, so we never say it's has.

If you have had your first family vacation in four years, use sentence (2) (but with It has).

If the family has not had a vacation in the last four years, say It's four years since our family has had a vacation.

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  • Thank you for the answer. I was not supposed to write “it’s has”; #1 was a typo and it happened to be that I copied #1 and pasted it, so #2 automatically became incorrect. Anyways great answer :-). – Ayden Ferguson Oct 6 '20 at 12:09

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