What does "since" refer to? Please consider grammar to tell me the meaning of "so since" in the following sentence:

This has been so since ancient times, partly due to the geology of the area.

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    it looks more like "this has been so, since ancient times, partly due to the geology of the area".
    – dontloo
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:18
  • so = there here!
    – Maulik V
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:41
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    in this context, it's equivalent to the German word so, meaning like this.
    – JavaLatte
    Apr 8 '16 at 12:15
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    It might help to note that So this has been since ancient times and Since ancient times this has been so are both valid perfectly reorderings of the cited text. That's to say, syntactically, so and since have no connection, and they can easily be separated with no change in meaning. I'd also say that including an extra comma after so above would be a downgrade, not an improvement. Apr 8 '16 at 13:27
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    @Alireza - No, it's not a mistake. You're parsing it slightly incorrectly: it's not "so since", it's "this has been so" / "since ancient times". So, as JavaLatte points out, essentially means "this way" or "like this".
    – stangdon
    Apr 8 '16 at 15:53

"This has been so - since ancient times"

meaning This has been this way since ancient times. "so since" don't belong together.

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