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    For or since

    Hello, I would appreciate if someone helped me with the following sentence I read online that has no previous context:

    "I've been learning English since 4 months ago"

    Someone corrected the above sentence saying that he should write "for 4 months" instead, but I think that it is still correct as you could consider "4 months ago" as the starting point of your action (learning English). That way the use of "since" is justified.
    I would like to hear some opinions on wheter you could use "since" that way.

    Thank you for your time
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    Re: For or since

    'Since four months ago' is not incorrect, but 'for four months' is much more natural.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Mar-2020 at 10:34. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: For or since

    Since four months ago is a roundabout way of saying it.
    You might as well say "I've been learning English since November 2019".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: For or since

    It sounds like a learner error. It's a very odd thing to say.

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    Re: For or since

    As a general rule:

    I have been learning English for four months.
    (Present perfect continuous + for + duration)

    I have been learning English since November.
    (Present perfect continuous + since + date or month or year, or combination of them)

    I started learning English four months ago.
    (Past simple + number of days/months/years + ago)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: For or since

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneymarin View Post
    I would like to hear some opinions on whether you could use "since" that way.
    Don't- it is something that native speakers wouldn't say.

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