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    Present perfect???

    Could anybody explain why we use PRESENT PERFECT after SINCE? thanks in advance
    "I have felt much better since I have been there"

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    #2

    Re: Present perfect???

    1) For a similar reason that you've written "I have felt ..."
    2) Because that's what we use after since. We don't say "I feel much better since I am here".
    Since relates to a certain time after something in the past. You could say "...since I came here", but here, it's "since I've been here" - which means the same thing.

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    #3

    Re: Present perfect???

    I would use the simple past there.

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    Re: Present perfect???

    It depends on context. If I had been on holiday somewhere lovely and relaxing, but I am now back home, I would probably say "I've felt much better since I was there on holiday". If I were still there, I would say "I've felt much better since I've been here".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present perfect???

    Sure, but the original mentioned 'here', not 'there'. There's a different case. If you were 'here', you're still here. If you were there, you're no longer there.
    That is why you have used the present perfect with 'here' - for the reason I've given in #2.

    Yes, "since I was there" is correct, but that's a different question.

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    Re: Present perfect???

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    ... the original mentioned 'here', not 'there'.
    What does 'the original' refer to? There is no 'here' but 'there' in the original sentence in the OP's post#1.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Present perfect???

    So it does.
    Sometimes when you post a reply, the original is not on the screen to keep checking. I'll try to be more careful.
    Anyhow, the latter posts are correct.

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    Re: Present perfect???

    Quote Originally Posted by chunganhvu View Post
    ... since I have been there
    I guess the speaker is still 'there' when saying it, but is 'I am there' possible? I think I am always 'here', which refers to the place where the speaker now is.
    Am I wrong? Not a teacher.

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