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    How often ___ since ___?

    This is one of the filling question in my English test:

    How often _____ your car serviced since you bought it?

    A.do you get
    B.did you get
    C.had you gotten
    D.have you gotten

    I picked A but the answer is D. So can I still use the simple present tense here, cause this is something that you do habitually and in my opinion I can use the present perfect tense if I want to emphasize my idea.

    Could you please tell me am I wrong or not?
    Thank you all in advance.

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    Re: How often ___ since ___?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperoni Papaya View Post
    This is one of the filling question in my English test:

    How often _____ your car serviced since you bought it?

    A.do you get
    B.did you get
    C.had you gotten
    D.have you gotten

    I picked A but the answer is D. So can I still use the simple present tense here, cause this is something that you do habitually and in my opinion I can use the present perfect tense if I want to emphasize my idea.

    Could you please tell me am I wrong or not? You are wrong.
    If you have it done regularly, then How often do you get your car serviced is fine. Since + past time marker places the beginning of the time period in the past, and the present simple is not appropriate.

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