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    Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence: "The second day of Lunar New Year has just passed."

    ---> The Lunar New Year has just passed for two days.

    Is that correct? How will you rewrite the sentence?


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    #2

    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Hi,
    The Lunar New Year started two days ago, or
    It has been two days since the Lunar New Year passed.
    Bye.


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by sympathy View Post
    Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence: "The second day of Lunar New Year has just passed."

    ---> The Lunar New Year has just passed for two days.

    Is that correct? How will you rewrite the sentence?
    The Lunar New Year started two days ago.

    Two days ago the Lunar New Year began.

    It is two days since the start of the Lunar New Year.

    We have seen two days since the Lunar New Year.


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Hi,
    I wouldn't like to sound too fussy but there is something I don't fully undersatand, so I'd be really grateful if you could help me. Among your suggestions I read 'It is two days since the start of the Lunar New Year'. My question is would 'It has been two days since the start of the Lunar New Year' also be possible? and, if so, what difference does it is / has been make, if any at all?. Thanks in advance.
    Regards


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Since it is now two days since something happened, the present is fine.

    You can add "It has been two days since the Lunar New Year started" to the other options.


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Thanks.

    I'm very sorry, my question is so fuzzy. What I want to say is different. I want to say that the present is the day which is two days after the end of the New Year vacation. I want to say that the Lunar New Year (by which I mean the vacation) has just passed. The vacation has just passed. It's not passed too long, and the bustling atmosphere of this occasion is still around us. People are still thinking about the vacation....


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    #7

    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Maybe,
    It is (only/barely/just) two days that the Lunar New Year has passed.


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    It is only two days ago that we celebrate the Lunar New Year.


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is only two days ago that we celebrate the Lunar New Year.
    Hi,
    I hope it is a typo and you really meant 'celebrated' or I'll go completely crazy. Just one thing, what's the problem with 'has passed'?, is it the present perfect or is it the verb 'pass' (=end, here)?. Why suddenly most people are so reluctant to use the present perfect in this kind of sentence?. Thanks in advance.
    Regards


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    Re: Hi, Can you rewrite this sentence

    typo!

    I think that in this context, "pass" is not good English.

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