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    Question simple past and since

    here is a grammar question:
    can you never combine a simple past with "since" as in such an example?
    When i met him in Chicago, he lived there since 1974
    they lived together since their marriage.
    Is there a grammatical explanation preventing or allowing this???
    thanks so much!!!

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    Re: simple past and since

    Since can refer to time in some contexts, and sometimes not. When it refers to time, it requires a perfect of some kind (past or present), continuous in your examples:

    'When I met him in Chicago, he had been living there since 1974'
    'They have been living together since their marriage.'

    But when "since" doesn't refer to time [equalling "because"], a past simple is perfectly possible:

    'Since I wanted to speak to him, I crossed the road.'



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