FOR AND SINCE
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Using For and Since:
The words "for" and "since" are used in sentences where the speaker wants to talk about
something that started in the past and continues into the present.
"For" is used when specifying the duration of time and how long it's been:
I've had this car for less than 3 years.
I've only known her for a few weeks.
He's been here for 6 months and still can't speak a word of English.
"Since" is used when specifying the starting point:
I've had this car since 2011.
I've only known her since the beginning of last month.
He's been here since April and he still can't speak a word of English.
|Since expresses duration up to the present.||I have lived in this house since 1997.|
|(= 'I moved here in 1997 and I still live here.')|
|When we use since, we are saying that something began in the past but is unfinished.|
|We’ve been married since last June.|
|(= 'We got married last June and we’re still married.')|
|I've known him since we were at school.|
|(= 'I knew him at school and I still know him.')|
|We use the present perfect simple or present perfect continuous with since.||I have had this car since last April.|
|Mary has been working here since 2003.|
|We can use the past perfect tense with since to express duration from a point in the past.||It was 1974 and he had been living in Londonsince 1964.|
|Since vs. for|
|Since and for both express duration up to a point in the present, but we use them differently.|
|We use since + the starting point of the activity.||We have lived in this house since we got married.|
|I've been waiting here since 9 o'clock.|
|We use for + a time period.||We have lived in this house for thirty years.|
I've been waiting here for three hours.
|Since vs. from|
|We use since and from to express duration. Both give the starting point of an activity.|
|Since expresses duration of an unfinished action, up to a point in the present.||I've been here since 8 o'clock this morning so I'm going home now.|
|I've been here from 8 o'clock this morning . . .|
|We use from in other cases.||I will be here from 8 o'clock tomorrow.|
|I will be here since 8 o'clock tomorrow.|
|The shop is open from 9 a.m on Saturdays.|
|The shop is open since 9 a.m on Saturdays.|
|We say from . . . to or till/until.||He works from 8 to 5.|
|From the 1920s until his death, Picasso lived in France.|