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    Default it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Hi, I'd like to know which sentence is ok.
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    1) It's two years since I went on holiday
    2) It's been two uears since I went on holiday

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Apart from the typo and the lack of full stops, they are both OK.

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Grammatically only the second one is correct. However, in colloquial English the first might be used. Use the second one with the present perfect

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alamshar View Post
    Grammatically only the second one is correct. However, in colloquial English the first might be used. Use the second one with the present perfect
    Who says?

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Good question.

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Both sentences are correct.

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    How long is it since you went on holiday?
    It is two years since I went on holiday.

    How long has it been since you went on holiday?
    It has been two years since I went on holiday.

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How long is it since you went on holiday?
    It is two years since I went on holiday.

    How long has it been since you went on holiday?
    It has been two years since I went on holiday.
    Well I've read in several grammar books that "since" can be used with present / past perfect tense and present/past perfect continuous tense only.
    Please clarify.
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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Well I've read in several grammar books that "since" can be used with present / past perfect tense and present/past perfect continuous tense only.
    Please clarify.
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    Present tense: It is two years since I went on holiday.
    Simple past: It was two years since I had been on holiday.
    Present perfect: I have been on a diet since Monday.
    Past perfect: I had been on a diet since the preceding Tuesday.
    Present perfect continuous: I have been dieting since Monday.
    Past perfect continuous: I had been dieting since the preceding Tuesday.

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    Default Re: it's twp years or it's been two years?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How long is it since you went on holiday?
    It is two years since I went on holiday.

    How long has it been since you went on holiday?
    It has been two years since I went on holiday.
    But you can't use it with present/past continuous,can you?
    Eg.: It is/was raining since Tuesday. (This is incorrect, isn't it?)

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