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    Dear teachers,

    Is it true that we cannot use SINCE with the simple past except in clauses like:

    It has been 2 months SINCE [she ARRIVED in NY.] = clause

    but could we also say: "It has been 2 months SINCE she HAS ARRIVED in NY." ??

    FOR, on the other hand, can be used with perfect and simple tenses, isn't that right?

    Would you please give us some examples?

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    Default Re: since + tenses

    but could we also say: "It has been 2 months SINCE she HAS ARRIVED in NY." ??
    No

    I have lived here for a few months.
    I lived in London for many years.
    The first is not finished, the second is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Dear teachers,

    Is it true that we cannot use SINCE with the simple past except in clauses like:

    It has been 2 months SINCE [she ARRIVED in NY.] = clause

    but could we also say: "It has been 2 months SINCE she HAS ARRIVED in NY." ??

    FOR, on the other hand, can be used with perfect and simple tenses, isn't that right?

    Would you please give us some examples?

    Many thanks,
    Hela
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    but could we also say: "It has been 2 months SINCE she HAS ARRIVED in NY." ??
    Hela,

    No. Why?!

    Because the verb "arrive" itself is an accomplished verb. Once she reached NYC, it implies somewhat the end of a journey. Hence, the simple past. As tdol said, the action is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Hela,

    No. Why?!

    Because the verb "arrive" itself is an accomplished verb. Once she reached NYC, it implies somewhat the end of a journey. Hence, the simple past. As tdol said, the action is finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
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