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    It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Hello. I've heard sentences such as:
    It's been far too long since we've seen each other.
    It's been a long time since you've been operational.
    Shouldn't we use Past Simple after since?
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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Write "I've heard sentences such as/like:"

    Your sentences are correct with the present perfect.

    You would use the past simple (no capital letters) after "since" in phrases like:

    I haven't seen you since we bumped into each other downtown.
    Your time machine hasn't been operational since the flux capacitor broke down.


    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Write "I've heard sentences such as/like:"

    Your sentences are correct with the present perfect.

    You would use the past simple (no capital letters) after "since" in phrases like:

    I haven't seen you since we bumped into each other downtown.
    Your time machine hasn't been operational since the flux capacitor broke down.


    I don't get it. Why are my sentences correct? Could you please elaborate?

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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Please correct the information in your profile, andi harper.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Please correct the information in your profile, andi harper.

    Hi. What information is that?

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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    Hi. What information is that?
    Your current location information does not appear to be accurate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    With the word "since" there are lots of possibilities.Here are three:

    I haven't seen her since Tuesday.
    We haven't gotten together since we went bowling that time.
    It's been several days since I've seen Ed.
    He's been here since nine o'clock.
    It's been weeks since I had a haircut.

    OK, five.

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    #8

    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post

    Your time machine hasn't been operational since the flux capacitor broke down.
    What a marvelous reference to my all-time favourite franchise Back to the Future. In fact, we only yesterday had another repeat of the movie, the final Part III. Love the movie to bits.

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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    With the word "since" there are lots of possibilities.Here are three:

    I haven't seen her since Tuesday.
    We haven't gotten together since we went bowling that time.
    It's been several days since I've seen Ed.
    He's been here since nine o'clock.
    It's been weeks since I had a haircut.

    OK, five.

    I have no problem with other possibilities except for present perfect after "since". Does it carry some other meaning than past simple?

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    Re: It's been far too long since we've seen each other.

    The meaning is the same. For my part, I would probably use "It's been several days since I last saw Ed" but the present perfect isn't wrong. I just find it unnecessary.

    Thank you for correcting your profile information.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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