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    Default present perfect with ago

    can it be correct to say:
    I have lived here since 2 months ago.
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    I haven't seen them since 3 weeks ago.
    I mean can we use 'since' with 'ago' in this way? Or is it totally wrong?
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    Default Re: present perfect with ago

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    can it be correct to say:
    I have lived here since 2 months ago.
    Or
    I haven't seen them since 3 weeks ago.
    I mean can we use 'since' with 'ago' in this way? Or is it totally wrong?
    Many thanks.
    It's OK.

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    Default Re: present perfect with ago

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    can it be correct to say:
    I have lived here since 2 months ago.
    Or
    I haven't seen them since 3 weeks ago.
    I mean can we use 'since' with 'ago' in this way? Or is it totally wrong?
    Many thanks.
    I find those very unnatural. Whilst they might possible, they would both grate on my ears.

    I have lived here for two months.
    I have lived here since 16th November.
    I moved here two months ago.

    I haven't seen them since the end of December.
    I haven't seen them since December 27th.
    I haven't seen them for three weeks.

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    Default Re: present perfect with ago

    It sounds odd to me the way you have written them, but I wouldn't completely disallow "since" with "ago" when there is more information.

    I've been losing weight steadily since two months ago -- questionable.
    I've been losing weight steadily since I started exercising two months ago -- perfectly fine

    She's been despondent since four days ago -- questionable
    She's been despondent since her boyfriend left on a business trip four days ago -- perfectly fine
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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