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    "since" only in Present Perfect?

    If i want to write an notice (information) about for example a company, is it correct to use Present Perfect?
    For example in sentence
    "The company X has been running its business activity in western Europe since 1995."
    I this sentence Prsent Simple tense seems to me better but can I use "since" or should I replace it with "from"?
    a) "The company X runs its business activity in western Europe since 1995."
    b) "The company X runs its business activity in western Europe from 1995."

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    If i want to write an notice (information) about for example a company, is it correct to use Present Perfect?
    For example in sentence
    "The company X has been running its business activity in western Europe since 1995."
    I this sentence Prsent Simple tense seems to me better but can I use "since" or should I replace it with "from"?
    a) "The company X runs its business activity in western Europe since 1995."
    b) "The company X runs its business activity in western Europe from 1995."
    The original sentence with the present perfect is correct. The others are not.

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    So, to make it clear, "since" is reserved only for Present Perfect, isn't it?

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    So, to make it clear, "since" is reserved only for Present Perfect, isn't it?
    The present perfect deals with an event in the past that continues to the present. That is one of the uses of "since".

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    When 'since' is used to denote the starting point of a time period/point that extends up to the present, then the present perfect id normally appropriate. Present tenses are normally not appropriate.

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    Hello.

    I think "since" can be used with the past perfect.
    (I'm sorry if it's not relevant to your question, Pierce111, but I've found these.
    (Edit) Here's another one.)

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    You could also use has run.

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    Re: "since" only in Present Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    So, to make it clear, "since" is reserved only for Present Perfect, isn't it?
    Any time you say "only" or "never" or "always" you will get in trouble. It seems someone can find an exception to every rule.
    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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