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    does since take a past progressive?

    " It has been a long time since I was sewing, way to long."

    Would this sentence be acceptable? Grammar text-books don't say we can use "since" with a past progressive like this.

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    " It has been a long time since I was sewing, way to long."

    Would this sentence be acceptable? Grammar text-books don't say we can use "since" with a past progressive like this.
    No, it's not acceptable. "It's been a long time since I've sewn..." is correct.

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    But of course 'since' can be followed by a past progressve, in the appropriate context:
    • Without past reference: 'Since he was going that way, he gave her a lift home'
    • With past reference: "Since he was sleeping alone at the time, he couldn't provide an alibi witness


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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    " It has been a long time since I was sewing, way to long."

    Would this sentence be acceptable? Grammar text-books don't say we can use "since" with a past progressive like this.
    Indeed. It's an interesting question. I have tried to find more examples in the cyberspace and i have succeeded in it. So, it leaves me wondering whether it's a deviation from the classical rules or ..... well I don't know....

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it's not acceptable. "It's been a long time since I've sewn..." is correct.
    I would like to know what difference would be (if any) between


    1) "It's been a long time since I've sewn..."
    2) "It's been a long time since I sewed.."

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it's not acceptable. "It's been a long time since I've sewn..." is correct.
    Perhaps it's also correct to say "It's been a long time since I sewed..."?

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Perhaps it's also correct to say "It's been a long time since I sewed..."?
    I am pretty sure it is correct. But I would like to know the difference.
    Last edited by Kotfor; 19-Feb-2011 at 17:15.

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Depends what you mean by 'correct' . Most teachers of Br English about 50 years ago would have insisted that using a simple past after 'since' was wrong in a case such as this. Prescriptive ones still do.

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Depends what you mean by 'correct' . Most teachers of Br English about 50 years ago would have insisted that using a simple past after 'since' was wrong in a case such as this. Prescriptive ones still do.

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    What are their reasons? I know about this usage but I can't see the logic behind it.

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    Re: does since take a past progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    What are their reasons? I know about this usage but I can't see the logic behind it.
    Since X means from X until now, so the present perfect is appropriate.

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