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    A question about 'since'

    I have not seen him since he was ill.

    I have not seen him since he became ill.


    Do the two sentences mean the same? Thank you.

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    Re: A question about 'since'

    I have not seen him since he was ill. - it implies he isn't ill anymore. He got over his illness.

    I have not seen him since he became ill. - this implies he can still be ill

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    Re: A question about 'since'

    In the first, it sounds like he has now recovered, but you haven't seen him since the illness started.

    In the second, it sounds as though he is still ill, and you haven't seen him since the illness started.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A question about 'since'

    Thank you both. I have another question:

    I didn't see him after he had been ill.

    Does it imply after he recovered, I did not see him?

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    Re: A question about 'since'

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you both. I have another question:

    I didn't see him after he had been ill.

    Does it imply after he recovered, I did not see him?
    No, if you write that it implies that he is dead, or that you will never see him again for some other reason. Try: "I haven't seen him since his illness".

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    Re: A question about 'since'

    after he had been ill -

    I didn't see him after he was ill - I'd say it this way

    but

    They found a cure after he had been ill for 10 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubman View Post
    after he had been ill -

    I didn't see him after he was ill - I'd say it this way

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    They found a cure after he had been ill for 10 years
    If you say "I didn't see him after he was ill" it still sounds as if he were dead. If you want to say that he is still alive and there is still a possibility of your seeing him, use the present pefect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you say "I didn't see him after he was ill" it still sounds as if he were dead. If you want to say that he is still alive and there is still a possibility of your seeing him, use the present pefect.

    Present perfect on 'I didn't see him ' or 'he was ill'?

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    Re: A question about 'since'

    PP on when you saw him. I haven't seen him.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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