Using since

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Since is an adverb of time commonly used with the present perfect or present perfect continuous tense.

Since can also mean between some time in the past and the present time.

Since can also be used with past perfect tenses.

Difference between since and for

Since is used with a point of time in the past. For indicates duration.

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Since as a preposition

When since is used as a preposition, present and past tenses are also possible.

Since as a conjunction

Since can also be used as a subordinating conjunction. We can use perfect or past tenses in the since-clause. A since-clause can show cause or time.

See Also

Until and till
Up and down
Used to

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