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    The church has been built since 1866.

    The church has been built since 1866.
    Is the above sentence acceptable?

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    Re: The church has been built since 1866.

    You will probably hear this, but
    The church was built in 1866.
    The church has been here since 1866.
    Last edited by Tdol; 03-Nov-2011 at 07:17. Reason: here/hear
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The church has been built since 1866.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    The church has been built since 1866.
    As it stands, it means that the church was built after 1866. This is an unlikely utterance, but could occur if I were looking at an 1866 map and saw that the church was not marked at the place where it now stands.

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    Re: The church has been built since 1866.

    With older buildings, the word 'founded' is often used: 'The church was founded in the 17th century, but the bell-tower was not built until 1866.

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