I've just done an exercise. It is:

A: How often do you go to the cinema?
B: Very rarely. It's nearly a year ___________ to the cinema.

And the answer is "since I've been / since I went". (both OK)
I'm confusing why "since I've been" is OK.

  1. Since since refers to a situation in the past, why is it correct that present perfect is here?
  2. is there any difference in meaning between "since I've been" and "since I went"?

Thank you for your help.

  • Strictly speaking there is a literal difference, but there is no difference at all in meaning.
    – randomhead
    Oct 4, 2021 at 0:57

1 Answer 1


"It's nearly a year since I went..." you are thinking of the last time you went, i.e. a specific action completed in the past. "It's nearly a year since I've been..." you are thinking of the time span you haven't been, so present perfect, an action that has been performed (in this case hasn't been performed) for a period starting in the past continuing to the present. But in reality, here they have the same meaning.

  • Thanks for your answer. I have to learn a lot.
    – Inclu Cat
    Oct 4, 2021 at 22:22

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