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    Hello.

    I would appreciate if you help me with this:

    I want to turn the following sentence into a question:
    She works here since 1987.

    If I want to know the date since she is working, how do I ask?

    Since when does she works here? I understand the expression "since when" implies irony.

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by Epicus; 21-Jun-2011 at 21:57.

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    Re: Since

    Quote Originally Posted by Epicus View Post
    Greetings.

    I would appreciate if you help me with this:

    I want to transform the following phrase in a question:
    She works here since 1987.

    I want to know the date since she is working.

    Since when does she works here? I understand the expression "since when" implies irony.

    Thank you very much.
    It would help if the sentence that you are working from was grammatically correct.

    She works here since 1987 = incorrect.
    She has worked here since 1987 = correct.

    Given that fact, would you like to have another try at turning it into a sentence?

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    Re: Since

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It would help if the sentence that you are working from was grammatically correct.

    She works here since 1987 = incorrect.
    She has worked here since 1987 = correct.

    Given that fact, would you like to have another try at turning it into a sentence?
    Thank you for correcting, so... how do I turn the sentence "She has worked here since 1987" into a question, considering I want to know the date since she has worked.

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    #4

    Re: Since

    Ems has invited you to have a try yourself first.

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    Re: Since

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Ems has invited you to have a try yourself first.
    Oh, I didn't realize. I'm very sorry.
    Well... here I go:

    We have been neighbors since 1999. ---> Since when have we been neighbors?

    Is that correct? I want to know how do I ask "¿Desde cuándo...? (Spanish). I have read the expression "since when" implies irony. So, how do I ask if I want to know the date something began.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Since

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "since when" could be a sharp reply to a question.
    "So, you think that you are the boss? Since when, who died and made you God?"

    When used in a more conventional sense, it is just part of a question.

    "How long (this is the sense of desde cuando, which I understand to mean - from what date or from what time) have you worked here? I've been here since 1987."
    Thank you, Gillnetter.

    The problem I see with "how long... ?" is that the common answer would be a period, for example: "I've been here for 24 years". "How long?" is more like "¿Cuánto... ? or "¿Hace cuánto... ?"
    So, how do I ask if I want the answer to be the date? Maybe in English there is not an exact form to obtain as the answer the date something began.

    "From what time (date) have you worked here?" Is that correct?

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    #7

    Re: Since

    "When did you start working here?" is how I would put it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "When did you start working here?" is how I would put it.
    Thanks.

    I think that is more accurate. However, I see we need to introduce another verb ("to start").

    Thank you all.

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    #9

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    In my view sentence that you are working from was grammatically correct.

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    Re: Since

    Quote Originally Posted by Epicus View Post
    Thanks.

    I think that is more accurate. However, I see we need to introduce another verb ("to start").

    Thank you all.
    We don't often use "Since when ..." like that in English. There's nothing actually grammatically wrong with, "Since what date have you been working here". But no native speaker would say it.

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