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    Since I last saw you, my mother died.

    Quirk's Grammar says in American English there's sentences like this:
    Since I last saw you, my mother died.


    Does the 'Since' mean 'After' here? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Since I last saw you, my mother died.

    After, but not necessarily immediately after. I may have last seen you in 2008, and she may have died only last month.

    However, by using simple past instead of present perfect, it does imply the death was not recent.
    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: Since I last saw you, my mother died.

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Quirk's Grammar says in American English there's sentences like this:
    Since I last saw you, my mother died.


    Does the 'Since' mean 'After' here? Thank you in advance.
    Effectively, it means "after". It denotes that the speaker's mother died at some unspecified time between the last time they saw the listener and now.

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