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    since\ for

    when we use since and when we use for in the sentence?
    e.g He looks different. I haven't seen him (since\ for) years.
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    Re: since\ for

    NOT A TEACHER.

    You can say either "I haven't seen him for years" or "I haven't seen him in years," but I don't think "I haven't seen him since years" is correct English.

    But you could say, "I haven't seen him since last year."

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    Re: since\ for

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Quote Originally Posted by loleeta
    When do we use since and when do we use for in the sentences?
    e.g He looks different. I haven't seen him (since \ for ) years.
    Thanks.
    For = time span
    Since = point of time

    I have not seen him since last Monday.
    I have not seen him for 5 minutes.
    I have not seen him for some days.
    I have not seen him for years.
    I have not seen him for a year.
    I have not seen him since last Christmas.
    I have not seen him since yesterday.

    The difference between a time span (for) and a point of time (since):
    You could raise or reduce a time span (for), examples:
    ...for 5 minutes -> it could also be 4 minutes, or 6 minutes.
    ...for some minutes -> some is also variable
    ...for some weeks -> it could be 2 weeks, 3 weeks or whatever
    ...for years -> could be 2 years, 3 years, or more, or of course also less
    ...for a year -> this could also vary, you could just add +1 and it would be 2 years.

    You cannot do the same with since:
    ...since last Christmas -> this is a fix moment
    ...since last Monday -> a fix day
    ...since yesterday -> yesterday is yesterday, nothing more, nothing less.

    Remember:
    for: Can vary.
    since: Cannot vary.

    Cheers!


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