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    is it true

    Hello, there
    I read the following sentences in a book, which says they are both correct. I'm not sure if what the book says is true. Would you tell me what your opinion is?
    (a) She's been like that from her childhood.
    (b) She's been like that since her childhood.
    Thank for your help.

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    Re: is it true

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello, there
    I read the following sentences in a book, which says they are both correct. I'm not sure if what the book says is true. Would you tell me what your opinion is?
    (a) She's been like that from her childhood.
    (b) She's been like that since her childhood.
    Thank for your help.
    I'm not a teacher [my main language being Portuguese], and also battle with similar problems. However, I think the correct way to put it is "She's been like that since childhood."

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    Re: is it true

    Hi, Julio
    Thank you for your help.

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    Wink Re: is it true

    Whe you are saying from, perhaps it means that she got those habits of ways of being at that time (her childhood) and has gotten rid of them. whereas when saying since her chidhood it means that she is still like that.

    Hope it helps you


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    Re: is it true

    (a) She's been like that from her childhood.
    (b) She's been like that since her childhood.
    No, they both mean exactly the same thing, and both are acceptable. However, I suspect more native speakers would say the second one, with since. Also, a lot of native speakers would probably omit the word her. It's understood. So, my number one choice would be "She's been like that since childhood." Julio is right.

    Incidentally, if you were talking about a birth defect or something like that, it would be more common to say from birth. There's no way to tell if that applies in this particular sentence; however, by using the word childhood, I would suspect it does not. Using the word childhood would normally suggest some type of acquired behavior or condition.

    Greg

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    Re: is it true

    Hi,
    Thank you for your help, teachers. You've helped me a lot.

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