present perfect vs simple present

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BrunaBC

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Hi,

I'm puzzled by the use of these two verb tenses in the sentece below:

- I live here since 2000.
- I've lived here since 2000.
(not to mention I've been living here since 2000)

My doubt is: Do these sentences convey the same idea?
I know present perfect continuous focus on the duration of time, however, in this case, I believe that either present simple and present perfect are fine. Am I right?

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probus

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"I live here since 2000" is grammatically incorrect. The present perfect is required whenever you say "since (some past date or time.)"

A small caution: since is also sometimes used as a synonym for because, and in that case the rule does not apply. For example:

We came to rely upon Michael for many things, since he had so often shown himself to be shrewd and trustworthy.
 
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