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    #1

    It is/was... since...

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me which constructions are acceptable in British English whether written or spoken ?

    1) Present Time:

    a) It has been two years / a long time since I saw Tom. (written BrE ?)
    b) It has been two years since I have seen Tom. (written AmE + spoken BrE ?)

    c) It is two years since I saw Tom.
    d) It is two years since I have seen Tom. (both spoken English ?)

    2) Past Time: which sentence is correct ?

    e) It was two years / a long time since I saw you.
    f) It was two years since I had seen you.

    g) It had been two years since I saw you.
    h) It had been two years since I had seen you.

    Thank you for your help.
    Hela

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    #2

    Re: It is/was... since...

    a/c/g/h are OK to me. You may well hear b & d used.

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