GRAMMAR

Since & For: Time periods

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HOW TO FORM IT: Since and for both introduce periods of time. Since refers to the time period when something began. For is used to express the duration, or length, of the activity.

Examples:

We have been living in San Francisco for ten years.
We have been living in San Francisco since 1996.

I’ll be in Paris for a week.
I’ve been in London since last Tuesday, and I’m leaving tomorrow.


Expressions and idioms with since & for:

Joan has been studying Chinese for ages and she still doesn’t speak it well!
(for ages = for a very long time!)

We’ll be staying in this apartment for the time being.
(for the time being = for now; for a while)

Since when do you wear cologne to school?
(since when = when did you start doing that?)

Ever since you told me that Cindy likes to gossip, I haven’t told her anything.
(ever since = starting when; since the time when)



   
 
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