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    Default It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    Is this construction correct?
    If I say: "It's been five years since I haven't driven a car." is it acceptable, meaning that I haven't driven a car for five years? Is it natural? I'm especially interested in AmE, but BrE or any other variation is fine too.
    I know the alternatives such as:
    • It's been since I last drove a car.
    • I last drove a car five years ago.
    • I haven't driven a car for five years.
    • etc...

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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    It has been five years since you haven't driven a car? You've driven a car for five years solid?! I don't think so!
    "It's been five years since I have driven a car."
    All of your alternatives are fine as well, but you need to specify a period of time for the first one.

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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    [QUOTE=CarloSsS;860195] It's been five years since I haven't driven a car." No
    It's been five years since I last drove a car.
    I last drove a car five years ago. Yes
    I haven't driven a car for five years. Yes


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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    It's been five years since I haven't driven a car.
    Does it even make sense? Would anybody say something like that? Could it mean the opposite of what it was supposed to mean, which is something like this: "I've been driving a car for five years".

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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    It's been five years since I haven't driven a car.
    Does it even make sense? Would anybody say something like that? Could it mean the opposite of what it was supposed to mean, which is something like this: "I've been driving a car for five years".
    That is exactly the point that Calis was making in post #2. It means the exact opposite of what you wanted to say.

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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    And would anybody use it in that meaning? Is it natural?

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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    No, it isn't natural. There would be no reason for anyone to use it.

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    Default Re: It's been ... since I/you/we/he/she/it haven't/hasn't ....

    As with almost any sentence, we can come up with a scenario for things to work.

    Like:
    A: Oh, gosh my feet hurt.
    B: You say that every day when you get home from work.
    A: That because they do hurt by the end of every day. I think it's been five years since my feet haven't hurt.
    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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