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    #1

    since or for?

    Hi,

    Since how long have you started learning English?
    For how long have you started leaning English?


    My problems are which are bold. Can I use both(since and for) on the above context. Are they(since and for) okay to use with present perfect or should I use present perfect continues?

    Thanks,

    Note that in this case I don't really understand if I have asked unrelated questions but I think as the two sentences are the same, I have not asked unrelated questions. Please if any wrong kindly let me know.

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    #2

    Re: since or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi,

    Since how long have you started learning English?
    For how long have you started leaning English?


    My problems are which are bold. Can I use both(since and for) on the above context. Are they(since and for) okay to use with present perfect or should I use present perfect continues?

    Thanks,

    Note that in this case I don't really understand if I have asked unrelated questions but I think as the two sentences are the same, I have not asked unrelated questions. Please if any wrong kindly let me know.
    For how long have you been learning English?

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    Re: since or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For how long have you been learning English?
    I agree that that is correct, but feel that most of us would just say, "How long have you been learning English".

    Note that the responses could be:

    I have been learning English for
    [time period, eg, ten years].
    I have been learning English since
    [time point, eg, 2003]

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    #4

    Re: since or for?

    "Since when have you been learning English?" (or "When did you start learning English.") sounds fine to me, but I agree with 5jj.

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    Re: since or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "Since when have you been learning English?"...sounds fine to me.
    Be careful with this construction; it's usually said in a tone of mocking disbelief or disparagement.

    MUM: 'The plural of "phenomenon" is "phenomenons".

    ME: 'No, it isn't – it's "phenomena".

    MUM: 'Since when have you been learning Latin?'

    ME: 'It's not Latin – it's Greek.'

    MUM: 'Since when have you been learning Greek then, Mr Smarty-pants?'


    DAD: 'I've got a splitting headache'.

    SON: 'You drank too much last night.'

    DAD: 'Since when have you become a medical expert?'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Sep-2013 at 08:07.

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