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    since forever

    I was just watching an episode of "Haven" and a guy in it said " It's been in the Carpentner family since forever". Why didn't he say just forever without using "since"?
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    Re: since forever

    It's a colloquial usage. Although "since" is redundant, the word "since" is used whenever a specific time is mentioned.

    "It has been here since last week."

    Consequently, it seems somewhat natural to say "since forever". In addition, because it is obviously incorrect, it often has a joking quality because it is a lie. Nothing has been anywhere "forever" (for an infinite time). So it emphasises an exaggeration.

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    Re: since forever

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    It's a colloquial usage. Although "since" is redundant, the word "since" is used whenever a specific time is mentioned.

    "It has been here since last week."

    Consequently, it seems somewhat natural to say "since forever". In addition, because it is obviously incorrect, it often has a joking quality because it is a lie. Nothing has been anywhere "forever" (for an infinite time). So it emphasises an exaggeration.
    What if someone said " since a long time", it would be incorrect either?

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    Re: since forever

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What if someone said " since a long time", it would be incorrect {also}?
    We do not use "since" in English like that. It has to be "for a long time" when you refer to duration.

    The word "since" always refers to a specific point in the past.

    "Since five o'clock."
    "Since last month."

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    Re: since forever

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    We do not use "since" in English like that. It has to be "for a long time" when you refer to duration.

    The word "since" always refers to a specific point in the past.

    "Since five o'clock."
    "Since last month."
    So it's only for the " since forever thing"?

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    Re: since forever

    Correct. Only that specific usage. In that case, "forever" is assumed to be a specific point in time. (The beginning of the universe - hence the exaggeration!)

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    Re: since forever

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    Correct. Only that specific usage. In that case, "forever" is assumed to be a specific point in time. (The beginning of the universe - hence the exaggeration!)

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