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Doesn't 'since' always come with a perfect form when it is used for a certan duration?
I thought "I felt some hope for the first time since the morning." was wrong for that, but that seems to be used often when it is used as "for the first time since" in a past tense.
How about "It was exactly five years since her father had died."? I believe "It had been exactly five years ince her father died." is correct grammer-wise.
Last edited by sarat_106; 09-Sep-2009 at 03:42.
Yes, this is correct.
When she moved back to California in 2000, it had been exactly five years since her father had died.
Her father died in 1995.
We use the past perfect to speak of time in the past up until another time in the past, whereas with the present perfect, we speak of time up until now.
She's in California now, and it's been exactly five years since her father died.