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    Could you explain the difference in article usage in the following sentences:

    1) He hasn't smoked a cigarette since last month.
    2) He hasn't smoked a cigarette for the last month.

    Are those sentences correct?

    Thank you in advance.

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    They are correct.

    1 means that the last time he smoked was on 31st January.

    2 means that the last time he smoked was on 22nd January (as today is 22nd February).

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    1 I'd say that this could be any time in January.

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    Thanks a lot! Could you also clear up the article usage? Is it possible to say "...since the last month"?
    Last edited by IreneRead; 22-Feb-2013 at 12:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IreneRead View Post
    Thanks a lot! Could you also clear up the article usage? Is it possible to say "...since the last month"?
    No.

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    Why not? Is there any rule? What information lies behind the article/no article in the sentences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IreneRead View Post
    Why not? Is there any rule? What information lies behind the article/no article in the sentences?
    ".....since the......." would typically be used for an event (e.g. since the party, the meeting, the accident etc.) or a specific date (e.g. the 24th of January)

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