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!!!
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.'