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    which one sounds correct

    It had been a while that we didn't see each other. (we're talking)
    It had been a while that we hadn't seen each other. (we're talking)

    Which one sounds correct?




    Thanks in advance

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    Re: which one sounds correct

    Try, It's been awhile since we've seen each other.


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    Re: which one sounds correct

    ... The sentence that I said was "since we not see each other". I understand why we use present perfect for "since we've seen each other" because now we see each other, but for "not see each other" isn't it in the past because we see (talking with) each other now? Could you explain why we use present perfect for this?
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    Re: which one sounds correct

    Please help me. It's about midnight at my country. I've waited for 2 hours.

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    Re: which one sounds correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    Please help me. It's about midnight at my country. I've waited for 2 hours.
    It's been awhile since we've seen each other means we haven't seen each other in a while.

    Use the present perfect when you want to place emphasis or focus on the event, not the time it happened. So, if you haven't seen someone in a while, the exact time/date is left unknown;it's not mentioned. That's why the present perfect is used.

    Another example:

    Max: Have you read this book?

    Max is interested in finding out whether the person read the book, not when that person read the book. The event, reading the book, is in focus, not when that reading took place.

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