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  1. Gregory.'s Avatar

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    since/ago

    Hi everybody,

    I know that in English "since" goes along with present perfect and "ago" with preterit.

    But in this case i am not quite sure of the one to use:

    "Since it (the real estate bubble) has broken out two years ago ..."

    "Since it (the real estate bubble) broke out two years ago ..."

    The second one seems false to me knowing that it still has a impact on the present but I need a confirmation to be sure.

    thanks for your efforts to help me

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    Re: since/ago

    How about using "Since breaking out two years ago"?

    The first example you gave is, I think, incorrect, but the second one is correct English.

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    Re: since/ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory. View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I know that in English "since" goes along with present perfect and "ago" with preterit.

    But in this case i am not quite sure of the one to use:

    "Since it (the real estate bubble) has broken out two years ago ..."

    "Since it (the real estate bubble) broke out two years ago ..."

    The second one seems false to me knowing that it still has a impact on the present but I need a confirmation to be sure.

    thanks for your efforts to help me
    Are you sure that the verb "to break out" is appropriate?

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    Re: since/ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory. View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I know that in English "since" goes along with present perfect and "ago" with preterit.

    But in this case i am not quite sure of the one to use:

    "Since it (the real estate bubble) has broken out two years ago ..."

    "Since it (the real estate bubble) broke out two years ago ..."

    The second one seems false to me knowing that it still has a impact on the present but I need a confirmation to be sure.

    thanks for your efforts to help me
    When you specify a moment in the past (two years ago) you shoudn't use present perfect. You're talking about a past event. Past simple is alright.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: since/ago

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are you sure that the verb "to break out" is appropriate?
    I don't if it does but Cambridge explanation of break out is:

    "If something dangerous or unpleasant breaks out, it suddenly starts"; perhaps break is more relevant :

    "to come or bring to notice; to (cause to) be known
    When the scandal broke (= came to the public's attention) , the company director committed suicide."

    Anyway I doubt about whether i used the right tense in this sentence or not.Thanks

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    #6

    Re: since/ago

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are you sure that the verb "to break out" is appropriate?
    I guess "to burst" or "to collapse" would be suitable for a bubble.

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    Re: since/ago

    I think you were right "to burst".

    thanks for everything

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    Re: since/ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory. View Post
    I think you were right "to burst".

    thanks for everything

    By the fact I'm really sorry for this post because after reflecting on the subject I mistook "since" the adverb and "since" the preposition ; the latter which indicates a particular time in the past thence excluding de facto the present perfect because of "ago".

    thanks i like this forum because it gives me now an interactivity to my studies not the one with a computer but with English, Americans and people from everywhere like you who are in Turkey.

    thanks

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