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    since was

    "I haven't been warm since X was president" From a novel.

    1) Why does the writer say 'was president' not 'was the president'?
    2) If Mr. X presidency did not come to end would he use 'is' instead of 'was'? I haven't been warm since X is president?

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    Re: since was

    The "the" doesn't really matter.
    If you're using "since" to mean from a point in the past onwards, you can't use the present tense. But I don't think that is a very well written sentence; if I were writing it, I'd say since he became president.

    PS:
    ...Mr X's presidency...
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    Re: since was

    I haven't been warm since Bush was president. Bush is no longer president.
    I haven't been warm since Obama became president. Obama is still president.
    I haven't been warm since Obama has been president. Obama is still president.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Apr-2012 at 06:19. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: since was

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Bush is no longer presidesident.
    I am going to use this word every day from now on. I just haven't come up with a definition for it yet.

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