Since the time I spent in LA, I've been a huge Lakers fan.


Since the time I spent in LA, I've become a huge Lakers fan.

Also, would it be okay if I replaced the word 'time' with 'years'?

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    Both imply that you are no longer in LA, and the second implies that you did not become a Lakers fan until after you left. – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 11 '16 at 17:06
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    Both versions are a bit "odd" with since, which usually references a specific point in time, not some extended period (apart from anything else, your audience would have no idea whether you became a Lakers fan when you went to LA, after you'd spent time in LA, or during the time you were there). It might be clearer to rephrase as, say, After spending time in LA..., for example. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 11 '16 at 17:07

I agree with the comments that both sound a bit odd, though they are grammatically correct.

The first part could be rephrased to "Since I spent time in LA", which would sound more natural.

"I've been a huge Lakers fan" gives the idea that you became a fan almost immediately after spending time in LA.

"I've become a huge Lakers fan" gives the idea of a process, which began after spending time in LA, and you eventually considered yourself a fan.

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    Your version of the sentence works better because, in this structure, since can mean because. "Because I spent time in LA, I've become a huge Lakers fan". This eliminates the illogical temporal link which implies that you didn't start becoming a fan until after you left. – JavaLatte Apr 11 '16 at 18:20

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