For and since
For and since are two words which are often used in present perfect sentences when saying how long something has been happening. In this programme we learn how to use the different words.
We challenge Hye Jung from Korea to use the correct words to make good sentences.
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We use for when we mention the length of time:
Some extra information about for
It is possible to leave out the word for in positive sentences. For example: "I've lived here for seven years." / "I've lived here seven years." Both are perfectly correct.
But in negative sentences we almost always use for.
"She hasn't seen him six months" is wrong. "She hasn't seen him for six months" is correct.
With expressions like all morning, all my life or all day, we never use for:
"He's lived there all his life," not "He's lived there for all his life."
We use 'since' when we mention a point in time in the past when something started:
Download Nuala's grammar explanation (pdf - 25 K)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.8 MB)
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