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    It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Hi,

    It is/has been about three hours I have waited.
    It is/has been about three hours I have been waiting.

    I am not sure about the tense due to not using often. Which one of both sentences is actually correct?


    Thanks.
    Last edited by UM Chakma; 11-Aug-2014 at 04:50.

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    #2

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Cannot comment on your examples as they appear unnatural to me.
    However, I would suggest you use

    1. It's been about 3 hours since I came
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    2. I have been waiting for about 3 hours

    Note: 'it's been' is a contraction for 'it has been' NOT 'it is been'

    Disclaimer: Not a teacher or native speaker, been living in the US for 2 years.

    Just for my curiosity, where did you get these examples from?

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    #3

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.


    Can I exclude about, please?

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    #4

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Yes you can. In this case 'about' just expresses your uncertainty that you have been waiting for exactly 3 hours.

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    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Cannot comment on your examples as they appear unnatural to me.
    However, I would suggest you use

    1. It's been about 3 hours since I came
    or
    2. I have been waiting for about 3 hours

    Note: 'it's been' is a contraction for 'it has been' NOT 'it is been'

    Disclaimer: Not a teacher or native speaker, been living in the US for 2 years.

    Just for my curiosity, where did you get these examples from?
    Oh! I just did it my self. Thanks for pointing up that they are unnatural. You wrote "It's been about 3 hours since I came", is it wrong it if I write like this "It's been about 3 hours since I have come". I am just not sure about the tense.

    Another question is; Your sentence is "It has been about 3 hours since I came", and It can also be written as "It is been about 3 hours since I came", right? I am quite sure about that. But I just don't remember whether it is AmE or BrE variety.

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    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Oh! I just did it my self. Thanks for pointing out that they are unnatural. You wrote "It's been about 3 hours since I came", is it wrong it if I write like this "It's been about 3 hours since I have come". I am just not sure about the tense.

    Another question is; Your sentence is "It has been about 3 hours since I came", and It can also be written as "It is been about 3 hours since I came", right? I am quite sure about that. But I just don't remember whether it is AmE or BrE variety.
    1. I think that you cannot. I recommend you check it with teachers.
    2. No. Read my previous comment more carefully.
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    #7

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.


    Hi, Alex.

    ***NOT A TEACHER***
    In formal writing, write a number below 10 as a word ...
    (Rover)

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    #8

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Alex, in your post#6, doesn't careful modify a noun? Why did you not choose carefully since it modifies a verb, please?

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    #9

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Oh! I just did it my self. Thanks for pointing up that they are unnatural. You wrote "It's been about 3 hours since I came", is it wrong it if I write like this "It's been about 3 hours since I have come". I am just not sure about the tense.

    Another question is; Your sentence is "It has been about 3 hours since I came", and It can also be written as "It is been about 3 hours since I came", right? I am quite sure about that. But I just don't remember whether it is AmE or BrE variety.
    Hello, UM Chakma.
    1. I would say either 'It is (=It's) about three hours since I came' or 'It has (=It's) been about three hours since I came'. I've heard 'since + the present perfect' used, but I'm not sure if it's standard English.
    2. 'It is been [...]' is not correct. I agree with Alex about this.

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    #10

    Re: It is/has been about three hours since I have waited.

    Sorry, my mistake. I actually meant "It is three hours since I came" not "It is been three hours since I came"

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