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    #1

    I've had ths car for a month

    I've done one excercise which asked to fill the blanks with "since" or "for".

    For the below sentence the correct answer is "for" whereas "since" is considered false:

    I've had this car ___ a month.

    But couldn't we write also "I've had this car since a month" meaning that the starting point of the possession of the car was a month ago?

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    #2

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    No.

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    #3

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    You could write: I have had this car since the beginning of the month.

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    #4

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    Quote Originally Posted by BloodSweatTears View Post
    I've done one an excercise exercise which asked me to fill in the blanks with "since" or "for".

    For the below sentence below, the correct answer is "for" whereas "since" is considered false incorrect:

    I've had this car ___ a month.

    But couldn't we write also "I've had this car since a month" meaning that the starting point of the possession of the car was a month ago?
    Note my corrections above, and also note that you misspelt "this" in your title.

    I've had this car for a month.
    I've had this car for a year.
    I've had this car for a week.


    I've had this car since March.
    I've had this car since March 7th.
    I've had this car since I was 16.
    I've had this car since the beginning of the year.
    I've had this car since mid-March.
    I've had this car since 2012.
    I've had this car since yesterday.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    Thank you, I have noted them.

    And would "I've had this car since a month ago?" be correct?

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    #6

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    It's unnatural. Why not stick to the many alternatives you know are correct?

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    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's unnatural. Why not stick to the many alternatives you know are correct?
    I just want to understand on a logical level the rule which governs the use of "for" or "since".

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    #8

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    For + time period
    Since ​+ time point.

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    #9

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    Quote Originally Posted by BloodSweatTears View Post
    Thank you, I have noted them.

    And would "I've had this car since a month ago?" be correct?
    Yes, grammatically.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: I've had ths car for a month

    There was a correction ems made to your post, and I'm not sure you noticed it.
    Facts can be true or false.
    Grammar can be correct or incorrect.

    If you got the car a month ago, then writing "since a month" will still be true, even if it's not correctly written.
    If you got the car a year ago, then writing "a month ago" will be false, even though it's correctly written.
    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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