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Since or For? English Grammar 

Posted by Edyta CelticEnglish on 17-Sep-2017 09:01:00

Last week, we looked at the difference between the past simple and present perfect tense. This week, it is time to go a bit further and learn when to use since and for.

We use both since and for to say how long something has been happening:

  • I have been waiting for you since 8 o’clock.
  • I have been waiting for you for two hours.

We use since to say when the action started (8 o’ clock)

We use for to say how long is the period of time ( 2 hours)

Since

For

8 o’clock           May 11th        

   I was …..

2015                  lunchtime

Monday            we arrived

Two hours       a week

Twenty minutes      2 years

Three months      ages 


Test your knowledge.

  • Sara has been in Cardiff ______ Monday.
  • Sara has been in Cardiff ________ 2 weeks.
  • I have studied English ______ I was a child.
  • I have studied English _____ 10 years.
  • I am at school. I have been here ____ 8 o’clock.
  • I am at school. I have been here _____ 2 hours.

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