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Originally Posted by TheParser post "long time no see"
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(2) I was able to find this in an outstanding grammar book:
It is/has been a long time since I have seen him. = I have not seen him
for a long time.
(3) Here is some more from that grammarian:
It is/has been 4 years since I have studied it. (refers to an action in
It is/has been 4 years that I have studied it. (the action continues)
It was 4 years ago that he died. (a point in the past)
It is 4 years since he died. (attention to a period of time)
(3) Your question is excellent: Can we say:
It has been a long time since I saw you. I really cannot answer
your question. I hope a teacher will enlighten us.
My question is:
What would be the rule regardig the useof Present Perfect with since?
Judging from these examples If I say "since I have seen her", it will refer to an action in the past, whereas If I say " that I have seen her", it will refer to the present.
" She's been in New York since I have seen her." (It would mean that all this time she's been living in New Yor since we last met and talked.)
" She's been in New York that I have seen her."( It would mean that all this time she's been living in New York and I keep on seeing her on a regular basis)
Last edited by ostap77; 20-Sep-2010 at 15:59.