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    since two years ago

    My grandfather has been dead since two years ago. (Quoted from Illustrated English Sentence Structures by Su Qin, p136)

    Is the above sentence acceptable to native speakers?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: since two years ago

    Absolutely not. He has been dead for two years, or he has been dead since (specify date, for example 1999.)

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    Re: since two years ago

    My grandfather has been dead since he had an accident two years ago.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: since two years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    My grandfather has been dead since he had an accident two years ago.
    Is the quoted sentence acceptable to native speakers?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #5

    Re: since two years ago

    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: since two years ago

    The acceptable sentence in that thread was She has been a teacher since she graduated two years ago.

    That works but, for me,
    My grandfather has been dead since he had an accident two years ago doesn't.I cannot for the moment give the precise reason, but it just does not sound very natural to me.

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    Re: since two years ago

    Is it unnatural because people would simply say 'My grandfather died in an accident two years ago'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: since two years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'My grandfather died in an accident two years ago'?
    That is more common and more natural, but that does not in itself explain why My grandfather has been dead since he had an accident two years ago sounds unnatural.

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    #9

    Re: since two years ago

    How about 'My grandfather has been feeble since he got cancer two years ago'?
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    Re: since two years ago

    I would replace "feeble" with "very weak". We don't really use "feeble" to refer to people's physical abilities/limitations any more. We use it in things like "That's a really feeble excuse".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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