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Are "I have already finished since 8 am" and "I finished since 8 am" correct?

This argument is relative to Britih English as American English doesn't tend to use the present perfect as much, at least informally. INTRO Usages of the present perfect include: Action that has ...
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Present perfect tense "duration"

Ten years ago I bought a new jacket. Now it is ten years long. I know that I can't say "I have bought this jacket for ten years". But I want to show duration now and to emphasize duration ...
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Have you been learning French since you were a kid? ---> in the past

If the person you're talking about or your interlocutor is alive and still learning a language, you can say: Have you been learning French since you were a kid? My brother has been learning Italian ...
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In "... has been hailed as a hero in Japan after ...", why "after" and not "since" if it is in present perfect?

The following is the beginning sentence of a CNN news story. A dog has been hailed as a hero in Japan after she saved the life of a man who was having a heart attack by sounding the alarm with her ...
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In present perfect tense, do 'for' and 'since' imply the action is still going on?

Consider the 3 cases: I have made a lot of cookies. I have made a lot of cookies since the morning. I have made a lot of cookies for 2 hours. To my ears, (1) implies the person is not making cookies ...
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Is it appropriate to put "since" at the beginning of a sentence if it comes after a question?

What do you usually do during that period? Since I have no idea what I’ll do. Normally, I would put a comma before "since", but since the first part is a question, I have to end the ...
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using since with past simple

I know ‘since’ usually pairs well with present perfect, but I’m not sure about past simple. Is it possible to use ‘since’ with past simple? For example, ‘I got used to the idea (ever) since you ...
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Can one use "since" and "that's why" in one sentence?

Is the following sentence gramatically correct? If 'no',please, give your reasons. Since these two photos illustrate two different types of exercising that’s why I think they are good for our project....
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I met my boss three years ago

Could I answer in three ways like these: It’s three three years since I met my boss. It’s three years since I last met my boss. It’s three years since I first met my boss. I think the first and the ...
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The use of "for" and "since" in the same sentence in the past tenses

Who established that using FOR and SINCE in the same sentence is wrong? Is there any opinion of a grammarian on this matter or is it common sense, so to speak? I composed music for 10 years since I ...
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since I studied at college

This restaurant has been here since my grandparents were alive. But it's changed a lot since then. I've worked out regularly since I studied at college. What does it mean to say "since my ...
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He didn't do that from when he was a teenager

I've recently learnt that we can use "since" only with the connection to the present. But how should we say about THOSE ABSOLUTELY SAME actions but after they stopped? (I know about the past ...
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"Since" vs "that"

I read explanations: ""Since" is a length of time stretching from a point in past time up to the present, while "that" is merely introduces a tensed clause.", "We ...
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The United Kingdom had its coldest April night since 2018

Normally, you'd need the present perfect (or the past perfect) when accompanied by since, as in: The United Kingdom has had more than 1 million diagnosed cases of the coronavirus since the start of ...
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be going back to work for the first time since

Mom said, I'm going back to work at the hospital tonight for the first time since Charles was born. Is this a correct sentence? I heard of it on a TV program. I think "since" is used with ...
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have+since+past participle

Few believed this technology had a future given the seemingly insurmountable immunity barriers and the fear of transmitting animal viruses to man. But progress in the biotechnologies has since brought ...
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I never played computer games in the past, but since last month I do

Does this sentence work? I never played computer games in the past, but since last month I do. If it does, does it omit an implied part, which is (since last month) I have been playing and (I do)
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Future Perfect Continuous with 'since' and 'from' [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct: I will have been doing my homework since 4 o'clock tomorrow. I will have been doing my homework from 4 o'clock tomorrow. What I mean to say is I'm going to do my homework ...
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Is it correct to use "since" with the verb hate or like?

Can I say, for example: I hate math since I was in primary school! or I hated math since I was in primary school! Can I use "since" with the present simple tense?
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"Since/For weeks he had been waiting for the reply."

I am not sure what to use in the following sentence: Since/For weeks he had been waiting for the reply. (He is still waiting for the reply. He hasn't received it yet) I have searched and found that &...
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"since the very first time" + Present Perfect to denote only one-time action

"Since the very first lesson she has established herself as a very active student with bright ideas and non-standard thinking and continued likewise throughout this whole academic year." ...
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Present perfect, since something has "NOT" been Happening/Heppened

I was wondering if this form of present perfect is correct: It's been 257 days since the last day a cat video on the internet has not made me cry! My main concern is with the negative second part. So, ...
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'Since' with subjunctive past perfect

Suppose the following statement is true for one person. I have lived in the US since I was five, so I speak English naturally. Another person wishes it were true for him, and says: If I had lived ...
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Punctuations while using "since he has been here"

Which of these sentences are correctly punctuated? a. Since he has been here he has been behaving strangely. b. Since he has been here , he has been behaving strangely. c. Since she is a doctor he ...
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since he became manager

a. He is growing since he became manager. b. He is growing since he has become manager. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Does 'since' have a temporal meaning in both or could it mean 'because'...
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Quite Confusing Text Like a Riddle Needs to Be Explained

I was reading Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy and came across a paragraph like a puzzle at least for me. This is the text: I cannot refrain from expressing to the Harvard Department of ...
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present perfect and past simple in the same sentence

I have the sentence below from a dialogue between a doctor and a patient. The doctor speaks to the patient in order to reassure him: "You left the hospital yesterday and only two weeks have ...
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Why was the past perfect used before and after ‘since’?

Can you please explain the use of two perfect tenses in one sentence with 'since'? The sentence is original and is taken from R.J. Palacio's book 'Wonder' "It had been a long time since I'd been ...
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Present perfect + since this year/this summer?

I've never thought it's grammatically incorrect to use "have been (verb)ing since this year", but my Grammarly extension keeps claiming that I have to remove 'since' in that kind of sentence ...
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"I had back pain since 1995" or "I had back pain from 1995"? [duplicate]

I've had a doubt for some time! I had back pain since 1995, phew! It's over! (I don't have anymore) Is "since" suitable with my sentence? Or should I use "from"? I heard that we ...
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I have bought a computer since last year

Does the sentences mean I still have the computer? I've bought a computer since last year. I've bought a computer this year. I've bought a computer this month.
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I have swum in sea since 2015

With "since", I can talk about 1) something which started in the past and which continues up to the present, 2) something which happened one or several times in the past. 1) I have worked for this ...
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Why can't I use Present Perfect Continuous or vice versa Present Perfect forms in these sentences?

He has traveled so much recently that we have not managed to see each other much and I have met someone else. (why not "has been traveling") I have been eating fish and fruit since I got here. (...
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Does present perfect fit after since in this case?

I am writing to a record label that has not released a record for a long time, and here is the first sentence that I have written It has been a very long time since you have released a new record ...
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didn't happen since

Tom says: My God, Jeff, you have lost a lot of weight! Jeff replies: Twenty pounds! New Year's resolution. Tom says: a. You can't have lost twenty pounds since New Year's. You must have started ...
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past tense in since-clauses

I have an ongoing discussion with my lecturer about "since" and the past tense. We had a German translation from "A song of ice and fire" and had to translate it back to English. My translation: "He ...
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All examples using "since"

After read a post about the use of "these" I've been noticed that a britanic person explains that "since" must be mean "because" in that context. I'm surprised about a simple alternative use of a word ...
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Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous with 'since'

Can we combine the present perfect continuous tense and the present perfect tense by using 'since'? For example: I have not been going to the gym since I have come back from overseas. The ...
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It has rained a lot since June

In "It has rained a lot since June," when did the rain occur? And in "It has only rained twice since June," when did the two rain sessions occur? Could the said rain have occurred in June?
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tense with "since" when talking about dead people's lives

Is it correct to use the present perfect in the following? If not, how would you revise it? Charles Dickens left school to work in a factory and has since become a professional writer. I'd ...
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What alternatives could better be used instead of "since five years ago"?

*We have planned our summers here since five years ago³. ³ since five years ago — (1) An expression of duration is not used for a past event. If a past event is relevant to something happening in the ...
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Ever since vs Since then

Are these two usages correct? My sister and I have last texted each other at 4 o'clock, I haven't heard from her since then. My sister and I have last seen each other in the past year. We ...
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It has been a long time since I visited you /since I used to visit you/since I have visited you

My teacher is wondering whether all three sentences below could mean virtually the same. This idea that "since I used to visit" and "since I have visited" might mean the same partly comes from the ...
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Use of 'since' and 'ever since'

Is there any difference between 'ever since' and 'since' when used in a sentence? Are they same and interchangeable to use? Please explain with examples.
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