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    It's been

    Which is right? " It's been only a week since I was away" or " It's been only a week that I was away"?


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    Re: It's been

    "It's been only a week since I was away", definitely.

    You need a temporal preposition - since in this sentence - in this kind of phrase.

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    Re: It's been

    Quote Originally Posted by loveydovey View Post
    Which is right? " It's been only a week since I was away" or " It's been only a week that I was away"?
    Vanmee was right about the temporal preposition, but even though the first sentence is not incorrect it still sounds odd. A period referred to with "since" should start with an event - for example, "It's been only a week since I left" [=I've been away for a week.]

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    PS or maybe there's a word missing: " It's been only a week since I was sent away"

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    Re: It's been

    Quote Originally Posted by loveydovey View Post
    Which is right? " It's been only a week since I was away" or " It's been only a week that I was away"?
    To me, these two sentences have different meanings.
    1...I was away and I got back (only) a week ago.
    2...I just got back after being away for (only) a week.

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