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    #1

    It is ten years since ...

    Another question.
    Can I write two sentences below for the same meaning?
    1- It is ten years since she lived in Paris.
    2- It is ten years since she has lived in Paris.

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    #2

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    The first sentence is fine if you mean that ten years have elapsed since she left Paris. The second sentence is incorrect. I presume you mean "She has been living (or has lived) in Paris for ten years."

    It would have been better to start a new thread for a new question.

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    #3

    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    I have moved this to a new thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The first sentence is fine if you mean that ten years have elapsed since she left Paris. The second sentence is incorrect. I presume you mean "She has been living (or has lived) in Paris for ten years."

    It would have been better to start a new thread for a new question.
    Thank probus!
    From what you said, I infer that the two sentences are different in meaning.
    1- It is ten years since she lived in Paris = She lived in Paris ten years ago. (She doesn't live there any more)
    2- It is ten years since she has lived in Paris = She has lived in Paris for ten years.(She still lives there now)
    Is it right, please?

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    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    From what you said, I infer that the two sentences are different in meaning.
    1- It is ten years since she lived in Paris = She lived in Paris ten years ago. (She doesn't live there any more)
    2- It is ten years since she has lived in Paris = She has lived in Paris for ten years.(She still lives there now)
    Is it right, please?
    No. They both mean the same. She has not lived in Paris for ten years. You will certainly hear #2, but I would probably say only #1

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    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Thank 5jj a lot! I completely trust what you say.
    By the way, do you mind if I ask another question?
    Someone said that the two sentences below are wrong. Is that right, please?
    1- It is two years since he bought his car.
    2- It is two years since he has bought his car.
    (Sorry. Because I think emsr2d2 will move my post to a new thread.)

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    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Thank 5jj a lot! I completely trust what you say.
    By the way, do you mind if I ask another question?
    Someone said that the two sentences below are wrong. Is that right, please?
    1- It is two years since he bought his car.
    2- It is two years since he has bought his car.
    (Sorry. Because I think emsr2d2 will move my post to a new thread.)
    ems won't move it. I told you not to start a third thread on the same question.

    This is the same question (with different examples) that you asked in the other thread and in this one. The answer is going to be the same. Unlike, probus, I think that #2 is acceptable, at least in speech. If you are taking a public examination set in your own country, I recommend that you use 'It has been ten years ...'. 'It is ten years ...' is fine , but some examiners have interesting ideas.

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    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    ems won't move it. I told you not to start a third thread on the same question.

    This is the same question (with different examples) that you asked in the other thread and in this one. The answer is going to be the same. Unlike, probus, I think that #2 is acceptable, at least in speech. If you are taking a public examination set in your own country, I recommend that you use 'It has been ten years ...'. 'It is ten years ...' is fine , but some examiners have interesting ideas.
    Thank 5jj!
    I have to ask three questions because I think each verb has a different usage.
    From what you said, I infer that both mean "He bought his car two years ago."
    Is that right, please?

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    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    From what you said, I infer that both mean "He bought his car two years ago."
    Is that right, please?
    Yes

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    #10

    Re: It's twenty years since I've seen her.

    Hello!
    A group of us is discussing the construction “It + be + a period of time + since + simple past/present perfect”.
    According to A practical English grammar (4th edition) by A.J Thomson & A.V Martinet, page 171.
    We can say:
    It is three years since I (last) saw Bill or
    It is three years since I have seen Bill.
    I last saw Bill three years ago or
    I haven't seen Bill for three years.
    It is two months since Tom (last) smoked a cigarette or
    It is two months since Tom has smoked a cigarette.
    He last smoked a cigarette two months ago or
    He hasn't smoked a cigarette for two months.

    We can use the it is ... since construction without the adverb last:

    It is two years since he left the country.

    This, however, is replaceable only by:

    He left the country two years ago.

    We could not use a negative present perfect here as in the sentence about Bill above. He hasn't been (living) in the country for the last two years is possibe but isn't an exact equivalent of He left two years ago.



    Therefore, some of us said that “It is two years since he left the country.” can’t be replaced with “It is two years since he has left the country.” because LEAVE (or DIE) is a verb of a one-time event. It can’t be repeated. The others said that the construction is used with every verb.
    Which is right, please? Thank in advance.

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