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    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?

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    #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?

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    #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.

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    #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.

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    #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.

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