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    Daruma is offline Senior Member
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    Default "after XXX years" and "for the first time in XXX years"

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    Last summer we met for the first time in twenty-two years.

    Can I say "after XXX years" in place of "for the first time in XXX years"?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: "after XXX years" and "for the first time in XXX years"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Toasting rye bread. - Free Online Library
    Last summer we met for the first time in twenty-two years.

    Can I say "after XXX years" in place of "for the first time in XXX years"?

    Thank you.
    Yes, they amount to the same thing in this case, but I don't think they're completely interchangeable.

    "after 22 years" stresses the fact of waiting; it stresses the elapsing of the interval. It is used to indicate that a period of waiting has ended.

    "for the first time in 22 years" stresses the renewal or resumption of the situation.

    > Finally, after 22 years, I staggered out of prison a free man. For the first time in 22 years, I saw flowers growing and women with children.

    > After 22 years of military service, I finally called it quits. I handed in my resignation, and for the first time in 22 years I went outdoors on a Monday morning dressed in civvies.
    Last edited by Ann1977; 04-Oct-2009 at 05:59.

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    Default Re: "after XXX years" and "for the first time in XXX years"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Toasting rye bread. - Free Online Library
    Last summer we met for the first time in twenty-two years. This means that you met 22 years before last summer, and last summer you met again.

    Can I say "after XXX years" in place of "for the first time in XXX years"?
    Last summer we met after twenty-two years. This sentence does not express a complete meaning. You met after 22 years of what?


    Last summer we met after twenty-two years of being pen pals. This sentence (means)(strongly suggests) that you met for the first time ever last summer.


    Thank you.
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