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People might have been asking this question a lot. According to Grammar text-books we can use a past simple, past perfect or present perfect (in some cases) with "since". I had been watching a series "White Collar" and here's what I heard "How long has it been since you've seen him?". Why isn't it "since you saw him"?
Last edited by ostap77; 06-Feb-2011 at 19:10.
Good thinking, ostap.
Since you saw him, is correct. Whatever that series is or comes from it is not helping you.
It was a long time since I had seen him -
It was a long time since I saw him -
both of these express the same idea. In the first you could use this to report a past meeting that happened a long time after the first one. In the second you could be referring to a more recent meeting, however this is a very, very fine distinction.
Last edited by ostap77; 06-Feb-2011 at 19:25.
Since I've seen him -
Since I saw him -
The second choice is the past.
The first choice would come in ' it has been a long time since I've seen him' and there is no indication that you have seen him since that previous meeting. You are still waiting to see him.
I hope, ostap77, that you don't mind reading lengthy threads.