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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    As I live in Greece, I feel qualified to correct your usage of this Greek word. "Phenomena" is the plural form of "phenomenon".
    Any comments from you on my post?

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Any comments from you on my post?
    No, I have no further comments. I can tell you what I say. I can't always tell you why, or give alternatives, or comment on grammatical "rules". I'm a writer, not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    No, I have no further comments. I can tell you what I say. I can't always tell you why, or give alternatives, or comment on grammatical "rules". I'm a writer, not a teacher.
    Any comments from other people?

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    Default Re: long time no see

    /A learner/

    It has been a long time since I have seen her.


    is an incorrect sentence for me.

    The same tense cannot be used twice in the same sentence in order to be the time reference for the other (but the same) tense.

    Could be said

    It has been a long time since I saw her.

    If one want to use the present perfect in the latter part (That the latter part carries either meeting or having-a-word connotations) then the indefinite tense must be used in the first part of the sentence according to logic of the Sequence of Tenses.

    Let me try to develop the most liking form for me
    Let me look at these forms, that could be correct, first

    It is a long time since I haven't been seeing her.

    It is a long time that I haven't seen her, since the last time I saw her. ("the last time I saw her" is a bit redundant here)

    It is a long time that I haven't seen her, since.


    more simpler

    It is a long time that I have seen her.

    And at length one could maybe say

    It is a long time since I have seen her.

    I wanna say that I prefer the second last sentence. It means this one below in blue

    It is a long time that I've seen her.

    I wonder how many people that either learn or speak the language prefer the same sentence.

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    It has been a long time since I have seen her.


    is an incorrect sentence for me.

    The same tense cannot be used twice in the same sentence in order to be the time reference for the other (but the same) tense.

    Could be said

    It has been a long time since I saw her.



    If one want to use the present perfect in the latter part (That the latter part carries either meeting or having-a-word connotations) then the indefinite tense must be used in the first part of the sentence according to logic of the Sequence of Tenses.

    Let me try to develop the most liking form for me
    Let me look at these forms, that could be correct, first

    It is a long time since I haven't been seeing her.

    It is a long time that I haven't seen her, since the last time I saw her. ("the last time I saw her" is a bit redundant here)

    It is a long time that I haven't seen her, since.


    more simpler

    It is a long time that I have seen her.

    And at length one could maybe say

    It is a long time since I have seen her.

    I wanna say that I prefer the second last sentence. It means this one below in blue

    It is a long time that I've seen her.

    I wonder how many people that either learn or speak the language prefer the same sentence.
    Because you haven't "adopted the English language as an official one yet." It was meant for native speakers or anyone else who could enlighten us on this " informal use" issue.

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