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    For or Since

    Today, we will learn about For and Since and how to use them properly when refering to time:


    1) For


    For is used to express a certain distinguished period of time.

    For example:

    -I have been here for 2 hours.

    -You have been waiting for 2 weeks.


    In other words, for is used to express a time period that has begun,a duration.


    -For centuries, man has evolved beyond expectations.

    -We have been on this planet for millions of years.


    To differentiate it from its counterpart you can try and replace with since and see if it sounds correct. Vice-versa is possible too.



    2) Since


    Since, unlike for, is used to express the beginning of a period of time.

    For example:

    -I have been here, since 9 am.

    -You have been waiting, since this all began.

    In other words, since is used to express a time period that has begun, and is still continuing now.


    -Since I was born, my mom has been nice with me .

    -I have been working, since I was 30 years old.



    In this exercise choose between for and since depending on the sentence.



     Good Luck! 

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    1. It has been more than seventeen hours I have eaten. I am so hungry, I could probably eat a horse.

    2. My grand-parents have lived in this house many years. The house still is in a surprisingly good shape.

    3. There has been interference with my internet connection 2 am in the morning. That is really getting on my nerves.

    4. All I know came from my mentor I have known over two years. He is more like a father to me really.

    5. Stop nagging and annoying me please. You have been asking me the same question we arrived, 2 hours ago.

    6. The king has been in control far too long now, I will put an end to his reign somehow and somewhere.

    7. this all began, in 1997, our restaurant was one of the best ones on the street. Our food was rated 5 stars.

    8. "We will not give up, no matter what." That was our oath over 30 years and it is still in effect now.

    9. three days straight I have been thinking about what you told me the other day and I will never forget that.

    10. My new invention will revolutionise the world and it has been doing so the day I made it.

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