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TIME USING

For & Since

FOR

DURATION OF TIME

From the start of the period until the end of the period

 

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FOR can be used with all tenses

They study for 2 hours every day. I will love you for ever.

I have been living in Mexico for 3 months.

They have been married for a long time.

The library has been there for 2 centuries.

FOR is NOT used with :

all day (for all day)

all the time (for all the time)

FOR

For 20 minutes For three days For 6 months For 4 years For 1 centuries For a long time For ever

SINCE

A PRECISE MOMENT IN TIME

From a point in the past until now

 

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SINCE  A PRECISE MOMENT IN TIME • From a point in the past until now

Since is normally used with perfect tenses

He has been here since 9 am. I started school since Monday. We have known each other since my childhood. Led Zeppelin has been around since the 1960’s.

Since can also be used in the structure:

It is [period of time] since…

It has been 3 years since I’ve been to Chicago.

How long has it been since you got married?

SINCE

Since 9 am

Since Monday Since January Since 1997 Since the 80’s Since I left school Since the beginning of school