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    Since when did you start working in this company?

    Hello all,

    Could someone please explain me the difference between these sentence?
    1) Since when did you start working in this company?
    2) Since when have you started working in this company?
    3) Since when have you started to work for this company?

    Do all these mean the same?
    Someone told me the first one is used in Ame and the latter onces are used in Bre.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    Quote Originally Posted by farhankhan2007 View Post
    Hello all,

    Could someone please explain me the difference between these sentence?
    1) When Since when did you start working in this company?
    2) Since when have you started working in this company?
    3) Since when have you started to work for this company?

    Do all these mean the same?
    Someone told me the first one is used in Ame and the latter onces are used in Bre.
    They are all incorrect in British and American English. Number 1 can be corrected as I've shown above.
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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    So any difference between these two sentences?

    1) Since when have you started lying?
    2) Since when did you start lying?

    Thanks

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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    There's a nuanced way both sentences could be used in spoken American English*, but neither is typical in formal English. Write When did you start lying? - but don't believe the answer you receive.

    *Emphasize "you" in both sentences to say "you used to be completely honest. How long ago did you become dishonest?"
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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    So can "since" be used in formal English, does it have some kind of a sarcasm in it?
    I especially mean "since when".

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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    "Since" is used frequently in formal English. It's the expression since when that's informal. It expresses surprise.
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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    There's a nuanced way both sentences could be used in spoken American English*, but neither is typical in formal English. Write When did you start lying? - but don't believe the answer you receive.

    *Emphasize "you" in both sentences to say "you used to be completely honest. How long ago did you become dishonest?"
    Is it possible to use present perfect with "how long ago"?
    Like "How long ago have you started doing this work"? Or "How long ago has this work started"?
    I am thinking from present perfect angle that the work started at some point in the past and continues upto now.

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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    Quote Originally Posted by farhankhan2007 View Post
    Is it possible to use present perfect with "how long ago"?
    Like "How long ago have you started doing this work"? Or "How long ago has this work started"?
    No. You can use the simple past ("How long ago did you start this work?") or the simple past passive ("How long ago was this work started?").
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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    Yes, you can use Since when in the way you're asking about. Use it with present perfect. It seems to work especially well with state verbs.

    Since when have you been an expert on the subject?

    It doesn't work in your original example because of the verb started. You could say Since when have you worked at this company?, (emphasising you to achieve the sense of sarcasm.)

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    Re: Since when did you start working in this company?

    The other point you are missing is that you don't use the interrogative "since when" along with an inchoative verb, as that particle already implies the moment of change, as does the inchoative. English can be very loose about some things, but it is strict about verb aspects. Inchoative means "starting something."

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