# Thread: what is the difference

1. ## what is the difference

what is the difference
1- I have been learning Eng since 2000 .
2- I have been learning Eng for nine years.
think

2. ## Re: what is the difference

Originally Posted by RHOMA
what is the difference
1- I have been learning Eng since 2000 .
2- I have been learning Eng for nine years.
think
If Eng means something other than English, then your sentences are fine. #1 tells us about the moment at which you started learning Eng; #2 tells us about the period of time over which you've been learning Eng.

3. ## Re: what is the difference

Originally Posted by RHOMA
what is the difference
1- I have been learning Eng since 2000 .
2- I have been learning Eng for nine years.
think
1. means your relationship with the English language started 9.25< x <10.25 years ago.
2. means 9.0 years ago.

4. ## Re: what is the difference

Originally Posted by engee30
If Eng means something other than English, then your sentences are fine. #1 tells us about the moment at which you started learning Eng; #2 tells us about the period of time over which you've been learning Eng.
Engee, I wouldn't personally define the first example as 'the moment at which you started learning Eng' It might be better understood as 'the time continuing up till now'. To use 'moment' one would have to be far more specific as to what 'moment' you're referring to (exact date, time, etc)

5. ## Re: what is the difference

Adding to what LeighS. has posted:
'since' as a preposition refers to the intervening period between (the time mentioned, which here is 2000) and the time under consideration, NOW, as the person speaks.
There is no difference in terms of any 'specific moment' between whether the math has been done for us: 'it was the year 2000'; or 'it was 9 years ago - you go figure!'
Present Perfect specifically relates to a retrospective view of a period of time, extending up to NOW. This is also true as here, with the Present Perfect Continuous, which also indicates that the speaker sees the action/event as continuing from NOW into the future, but with a definite end envisioned - even if that 'end' is death, as, in effect, 'I expect I will be a student of the language all my life'.

6. ## Re: what is the difference

'since 2000' defines a period of one year within which I started learning English.

01/01/2000 (8.25 years ago) - 31/12/2000 (9.25 years ago)

'for 9 years' means 9 years back from now.

7. ## Re: what is the difference

thanks alot for all

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