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    #1

    Since you were!


    Is this sentence correct?

    You have become interested in reading since you were a child.

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    #2

    Re: Since you were!

    No. It's not at all clear what you mean.

    Try again.

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    #3

    Re: Since you were!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No.
    That's a pity. I hoped it was...

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    #4

    Re: Since you were!

    Context and intonation!
    If a native speaker said it, I'd assume it meant, "When you were a child you weren't interested in reading. But since then, I see that you have developed an interest in reading."

    If a non-native speaker said it, I would suspect that they might mean "You have been interested in reading ever since you a child".

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    Re: Since you were!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Context and intonation!
    If a native speaker said it, I'd assume it meant, "When you were a child you weren't interested in reading. But since then, I see that you have developed an interest in reading."

    If a non-native speaker said it, I would suspect that they might mean "You have been interested in reading ever since you a child".
    So do you consider using it in the first sense correct?

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    Re: Since you were!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Context and intonation!
    If a native speaker said it, I'd assume it meant, "When you were a child you weren't interested in reading. But since then, I see that you have developed an interest in reading."

    If a non-native speaker said it, I would suspect that they might mean "You have been interested in reading ever since you a child".

    I really meant to convey the second meaning but in a way that a native speaker can understand. How can I do so?

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    #7

    Re: Since you were!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    I really meant to convey the second meaning but in a way that a native speaker can understand. How can I do so?
    As Raymott did.

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    #8

    Re: Since you were!

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    So do you consider using it in the first sense correct?
    Yes.

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    #9

    Re: Since you were!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If a non-native speaker said it, I would suspect that they might mean "You have been interested in reading ever since you a child".
    Is it understandable if remove the "ever" ?
    I see that this sentence differs a little from the sentence in the OP.
    1. You have been interested in reading ever since you a child.
    2. You have been interested in reading since you a child.
    3. You have been interested in reading ever since you were a child.
    4. You have been interested in reading since you were a child.
    The #4 differs from the sentence in the OP at the point that "been" stands for "become" !
    What is the problem in the OP sentence ? At the verb "become" or the redundancy with "were" or the miss of "ever" ?
    Thank you so much !

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    #10

    Re: Since you were!

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Is it understandable if remove the "ever" ?
    I see that this sentence differs a little from the sentence in the OP.
    1. You have been interested in reading ever since you a child.
    This is meaningless without ‘were’.
    2. You have been interested in reading since you a child.
    This is meaningless without ‘were’.
    3. You have been interested in reading ever since you were a child.
    This is correct
    4. You have been interested in reading since you were a child.
    This is correct too.
    The #4 differs from the sentence in the OP at the point that "been" stands for "become" !
    What is the problem in the OP sentence ? At the verb "become" or the redundancy with "were" or the miss of "ever" ?
    Thank you so much !
    There’s no problem with the OP's sentence, as I pointed out, if it means what it says.
    The difficulty is with the word ‘become’. There is an easily understandable difference between:
    “You’ve been overweight since I saw you 10 years ago” ("You were overweight when I saw you 10 years ago, you are overweight now, and you have been overweight at all times between.) and
    “You’ve become overweight since I saw you 10 years ago.” (You were not overweight when I saw you 10 years ago. You are overweight now. Therefore you became overweight during the period of time since I saw you last.)
    Can you detect the difference?

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