Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Feb 2017
    • Posts: 390
    #1

    It has been 3 years since she was a teacher.

    It has been 3 years since she was a teacher.

    The author tells us that it means it is 3 years after she quit working as a teacher.

    Now I am really confused. Is the original sentence commonly used by natives? Does it really mean what the author has explained?

  2. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
    • Posts: 1,326
    #2

    Re: It has been 3 years since she was a teacher.

    Could you provide us with more context? Who is the author? Is this an article? Novel?

  3. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Feb 2017
    • Posts: 390
    #3

    Re: It has been 3 years since she was a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Could you provide us with more context? Who is the author? Is this an article? Novel?
    It's in a textbook written by a Chinese for the learners, where the explanation is written in Chinese.


    It also provides another example as:


    It has been a while since we talked.


    Here, the author has explained that it doesn't mean we have talked for a while, but it means we have NOT talked since last time when we did.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 50,785
    #4

    Re: It has been 3 years since she was a teacher.

    It doesn't necessarily mean that she "quit" (resigned from her job) but it does mean that she has not worked as a teacher for the last three years.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  5. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 66,880
    #5

    Re: It has been 3 years since she was a teacher.

    The original is OK. The explanation may help, but we wouldn't use it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •