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    It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Hello,

    Which one is correct?

    1. It's been a week since I did not use shampoo.

    2. It's been a week since I have not used shampoo.


    Many thanks for your help.

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hello,

    Which one is correct?

    1. It's been a week since I did not use shampoo.

    2. It's been a week since I have not used shampoo.

    Many thanks for your help.
    Do you mean that the last time you used shampoo was a week ago?

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Do you mean that the last time you used shampoo was a week ago?
    I mean that I did not use shampoo for a week.

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    I find they are both wrong. Not using something is not an act, but a non-act, so you can't really shoot a starting gun at a non-act.

    So, I's suggest:

    It's been a week since I stopped using shampoo.

    or,

    I haven't used shampoo for a week.

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    #5

    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    It's been a week since I [last] used shampoo.

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's been a week since I [last] used shampoo.
    So this is the positive version of the sentence, right?

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hello,

    Which one is correct?

    1. It's been a week since I did not use shampoo.

    2. It's been a week since I have not used shampoo.

    Many thanks for your help.
    ********** NOT a teacher **********

    Hello, Ferdie.

    (1) If I understand my books correctly, you might wish to say:

    It has been a week since I have last used shampoo.

    or

    It is a week since I have last used shampoo.

    (P. S. One book agrees with another poster. Instead of the

    "correct" present perfect, that book says the past tense is

    more "normal":

    It has been/is a week since I last used shampoo.)

    THANK YOU

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    So this is the positive version of the sentence, right?
    I suppose you could say that.

    I have not used shampoo for a week = negative.
    I last used shampoo a week ago = positive.
    It is a week since I used shampoo = positive.

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    #9

    Question Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    (Sorry if this is unrelated!)

    Hi,
    "It's a week that I've been studying."
    "It's been a week that I've been studying."
    "It's been a week that I'm studying."

    Is anything wrong with the second and third sentences?

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    Re: It's been a week since I did not use shampo

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    (Sorry if this is unrelated!)

    Hi,
    "It's a week that I've been studying."
    "It's been a week that I've been studying."
    "It's been a week that I'm studying."

    Is anything wrong with the second and third sentences?
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    Hello, Mehrgan.

    (1) I have been unable to find a direct answer to your question.

    (2) So I shall present some information. Then we can make an educated

    guess.

    (3) Professor George O. Curme wrote an authoritative two-volume

    grammar entitled A Grammar of the English Language.

    (a) He says that we use since when we wish to indicate that the action

    is past; we use that when we indicate that the action is still continuing.

    (i) His since example is: It is (or has been) a long time since I have seen

    him. [I read on the Web someone's opinion that has been may be an

    older expression. I notice that Professor Curme did put has been in

    parentheses, as if to say: is is more common, but has been is also

    acceptable.]

    (ii) His two that examples are:

    It is now four years that I have studied.

    It is now four years that I have been studying.

    (4) Based on the expert evidence above, I shall offer my guess --

    which, of course, could be 100% wrong. Maybe your guess will be

    different.

    In my opinion, I think that the following versions of your sentence

    would be "good" English:

    It is a week that I have studied.

    It has been a week that I have studied.

    It is a week that I have been studying.

    It has been a week that I have been studying.

    (I believe that It is/has been a week that I am studying is not

    "correct." The present progressive does not seem to fit.)

    (5) Hopefully a teacher will either confirm or refute my analysis.

    THANK YOU

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