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    Present Perfect

    I often here people say something that contradicts the rules I was taught back at school:

    It's been long since I've seen my parents.

    I thought I should say: It's been long since I last saw my parents. or It is ages since I saw my parents.

    But defenitely not present perfect after 'since'.

    So why is that so?
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    Re: Present Perfect

    The sentence you quote, 'It's been long since I've seen my parents' is not one you'd hear many native speakers say. It's not grammatically correct - the form, as you rightly say should be either 'It's been a long time since I last saw my parents', or 'I haven't seen my parents for ages.'

    But, there again, native speakers of English do sometimes make grammatical mistakes!

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