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    Using "Since"

    I've seen a lot of non-native writers using this phrase:

    "Since a few days ago I have been doing this..."
    "Since some months ago..."

    Okay guys, sorry to say, but this is incorrect. Since this is kind of a tricky word to use, here's an excerpt from dictionary.com:
    –adverb
    1. from then till now (often prec. by ever): He was elected in 1978 and has been president ever since.
    2. between a particular past time and the present; subsequently: She at first refused, but has since consented.
    3. ago; before now: long since.
    –preposition
    4. continuously from or counting from: It has been warm since noon.
    5. between a past time or event and the present: There have been many changes since the war.
    –conjunction
    6. in the period following the time when: He has written once since he left.
    7. continuously from or counting from the time when: He has been busy since he came.
    8. because; inasmuch as: Since you're already here, you might as well stay.
    So, if you want to say you've been doing something for a few days, say this:

    "I've been working on this since Tuesday." OR "I've been working on this for a few days."

    If you wanted to say you became something at some point:

    "I've been blogging since 2004" or "I've been blogging for 5 years."

  2. You have made great point there Corey. This is a very common error I too have noticed.
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    Actually I make that mistake very often. I will now keep this post in mind.

    @SneakyHeathen You have some really good threads here. I am also reading your blog.

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    Thanks. I try to think up good threads that will benefit everyone.

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    I know that I purposefully "skew" the language intentionally (oops) and I do it for effect...

    But, for some it's a mistake and sometimes I hope people know the difference!

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    Very useful post.

    I learned that in my grammar class when I was 10 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxKidder View Post
    I know that I purposefully "skew" the language intentionally (oops) and I do it for effect...

    But, for some it's a mistake and sometimes I hope people know the difference!
    Writers should mess with composition and words to make a subtle literary impression. But first you need to know what the real rules are, haha.

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