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    Default It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Hi, teachers!
    Could you please explain the meaning of the following sentence.Thanks in advanced!
    - It's twenty years since I've seen her.(OALD)
    I think it means I've seen her (many times) for twenty years.
    Am I wrong?
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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    I last saw her twenty years ago.
    I haven't seen her for twenty years.
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    (That is to say 'Yes, you're wrong' )

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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Hi, teachers! Unnecessary

    Could you please explain the meaning of the following sentence. Thanks in advanced advance!

    - It's twenty years since I've seen her.(OALD)

    I think it means I've seen her (many times) for twenty years.

    Am I wrong?
    As you can see, you are wrong. Can you explain how you came to the conclusion that it meant "I've seen her many times for (should be "in") twenty years"?
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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Hi, teachers!
    Could you please explain the meaning of the following sentence.Thanks in advanced!
    - It's twenty years since I've seen her.(OALD)
    I think it means I've seen her (many times) for twenty years.
    Am I wrong?
    Try it without the contractions and omissions. It has been twenty years since I have seen her.

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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    I think it means I've seen her (many times) for twenty years.

    If that is what you wish to say, it should be "I have been seeing her for twenty years."

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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    1. I've seen her (many times) for twenty years.

    2. I have been seeing her for twenty years."
    If you said #1 in BrE, it would be slightly incorrect and would have to be changed to "I've seen her many times over the last twenty years". It would simply mean that you have met up with the same woman many times in the years since 1993.

    If you said #2 in BrE, it would mean that you have been dating the same woman for the last twenty years (so since 1993).
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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I last saw her twenty years ago.
    I haven't seen her for twenty years.
    According to what you said, the below sentences have the same meaning.
    It's twenty years since I've seen her = It's twenty years since I last saw her = I last saw her twenty years ago = I haven't seen her for twenty years.
    Is it right, please?

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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Yes
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    Default Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you said #1 in BrE, it would be slightly incorrect and would have to be changed to "I've seen her many times over the last twenty years". It would simply mean that you have met up with the same woman many times in the years since 1993.

    If you said #2 in BrE, it would mean that you have been dating the same woman for the last twenty years (so since 1993).
    I have seen this sentence.
    - She's been dating Ron for several months. (OALD)

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