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    never heard it.....but?

    Using the past perfect with "for" & "since" has raised a question. While "for" would denote a block of time (e.g. one week, a minute, the whole year, etc.), and "since" a specific starting point (e.g. yesterday, 10:05 pm, third grade, 2009, etc.), I've heard some of my students use the phrase "....since two years ago."
    I've never used that phrasing, opting instead for the "for" example, or a less vague "since" reference. Are they correct, or in the ballpark?
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    Re: never heard it.....but?

    I don't see why it should be wrong, but they say it is here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...years-ago.html

    Google does not seem to dislike the phrase:
    since two years ago - Google Search

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    #3

    Re: never heard it.....but?

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    Using the past perfect with "for" & "since" has raised a question. While "for" would denote a block of time (e.g. one week, a minute, the whole year, etc.), and "since" a specific starting point (e.g. yesterday, 10:05 pm, third grade, 2009, etc.), I've heard some of my students use the phrase "....since two years ago."
    I've never used that phrasing, opting instead for the "for" example, or a less vague "since" reference. Are they correct, or in the ballpark?
    B.
    I don't have any problem with "since two years ago".

    You'll note that the "authority" mmasny is quoting, was a "guest". with no record of posting here. Remember that anyone can come here, write that Black is White, then leave. Casiopea finished the thread without commenting on this exact phrase - so it was not competently debated on that thread.

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