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    Hi,

    Could you please tell me if the sentences I have written are possible grammatically or not?

    -Six years have passed since she has left New York.

    -It's a long time since they left New York.

    -It's a long time since they have left New York.

    -It can be a long time since they left New York.

    -It can be a long time since they have left New York.

    Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please tell me if the sentences I have written are possible grammatically or not?

    -Six years have passed since she has left New York.

    -It's been a long time since they left New York.

    -It's been a long time since they have left New York.

    -It can (it doesn't make sense to me) be a long time since they left New York.

    -It can (it doesn't make sense to me) be a long time since they have left New York.

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    I do not understand what you want to say in the last two sentences. What message are you trying to convey?

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    BBC World Service | Learning English | Learn it

    We’ve been patronising this pub (ever) since we’ve been living in this village.
    We’ve been patronising this pub (ever) since we moved to this village.

    Henry’s been teetotal since we got married.
    Henry’s been teetotal since we’ve been married.

    It’s only a week since I met him, but we’re very much in love.
    It’s only a week since we’ve known each other, but we’re very much in love.

    They’re a lot happier since they separated.
    They’re a lot happier since they’ve been living apart.

    You’re looking much better since you came out of hospital.
    You’re looking much better since you’ve been out of hospital.

    It may be only a week since I met him, but we’re very much in love.

    They’ve been happy since they’ve lived here.

    I just wanted to ask if they are fine or not.
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    Default Re: "It is + a period of time

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    BBC World Service | Learning English | Learn it

    We’ve been patronising this pub (ever) since we’ve been living in this village.
    We’ve been patronising this pub (ever) since we moved to this village.

    Henry’s been teetotal since we got married.
    Henry’s been teetotal since we’ve been married.

    It’s only a week since I met him, but we’re very much in love.
    It’s only a week since we’ve known each other, but we’re very much in love.

    They’re a lot happier since they separated.
    They’re a lot happier since they’ve been living apart.

    You’re looking much better since you came out of hospital.
    You’re looking much better since you’ve been out of hospital.

    It may be only a week since I met him, but we’re very much in love.

    They’ve been happy since they’ve lived here.

    I just wanted to ask if they are fine or not.
    Yes, those are all fine. The examples in your first post are not.

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