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    Since I was 15, I have a friend

    Is this correct : "Since I was 15, I have a friend." Or can one only use the present simple ""am" ?

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    Re: Since I was 15, I have a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    Is this correct : "Since I was 15, I have a friend." Or can one only use the present simple ""am" ?
    It's correct. "Since I am" would have a different meaning.

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    Re: Since I was 15, I have a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    Is this correct : "Since I was 15, I have a friend." Or can one only use the present simple ""am" ?
    I would prefer this: "Since I was 15, I have had a friend."

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    Re: Since I was 15, I have a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would prefer this: "Since I was 15, I have had a friend."
    So would I. The original sounds unnatural to me.

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    Re: Since I was 15, I have a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    Is this correct : "Since I was 15, I have a friend." Or can one only use the present simple ""am" ?
    I think that bhaisahab may have overlooked the grammatical error because of the more important need to explain that 'am' and 'have' are different verbs, rather than different tenses of the same verb. "I have" is present simple, just as "I am" is.

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