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    Tense used with "since"

    Dear teachers,

    Could you tell me which one of the following sentences is correct:

    It is ten years since the operation of the ABC railway line.
    It has been ten years since the operation of the ABC railway line.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Tense used with "since"

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you tell me which one of the following sentences is correct:

    It is ten years since the operation of the ABC railway line.
    It has been ten years since the operation of the ABC railway line.

    Thank you.
    According to Webster the first one is British and the second one is American.

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    Re: Tense used with "since"

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    According to Webster the first one is British and the second one is American.
    I am not a teacher.

    According to me, neither one is English, but not because of the verb but because of the use of "since". Would you please link or cite the Webster's thing?

    It is/has been ten years since the ABC railway line ceased operations/closed/went out of business. Either verb works in my dialect, but "has been" is more usual and more proper, I think.

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    Re: Tense used with "since"

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    According to me, neither one is English, but not because of the verb but because of the use of "since". Would you please link or cite the Webster's thing?

    It is/has been ten years since the ABC railway line ceased operations/closed/went out of business. Either verb works in my dialect, but "has been" is more usual and more proper, I think.
    You are right, it should be a sentence after since in such cases.

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