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  • In this video,, I'm going to talk about the two similar and sometimes confusing English

  • expressions – 'since' and 'for'.

  • These two time expressions are commonly confused in English.

  • But after watching this video, you'll have a good understanding of the difference and when to use these words.

  • Let's get started.

  • Let's start with 'since'

  • 'since' shows when a past action first started.

  • We always need a starting point with 'since'

  • so when you use 'since', you always need a specific time expression.

  • Let's take a look at some example sentences.

  • The first sentence says,

  • 'I have been working since 8 o'clock this morning.'

  • You'll notice that the specific time expression comes after 'since'.

  • And it shows when this person started working.

  • The next sentence says,

  • 'She has been on a diet since August.'

  • The specific time expression here is August

  • and it comes after 'since'.

  • It shows when she started dieting.

  • Okay, now, I will talk about 'for'.

  • We use 'for' to express a length of time in English.

  • It is used to express duration or how long something has happened.

  • Let's take a look at some examples.

  • The first sentence says,

  • 'I have been working for five hours.'

  • In this case, we have a duration five hours

  • and it comes after 'for'.

  • The next sentence says,

  • 'She has been on a diet for three months'.

  • Again, we have three months which shows the duration

  • - how long she has been on a diet.

  • Again, notice it comes after the word 'for'.

  • Now, let's do a checkup.

  • In this conversation, there are two sentences.

  • In one of the sentences, we should use 'since'

  • and in the other we should use 'for'.

  • Take a moment to think about where we use 'since' and 'for'.

  • 'A' says,

  • 'Have you been working here _blank_ 2008?'

  • You'll notice the specific time expression '2008'.

  • Remember, when we use a specific time expression,

  • we put 'since' before the expression.

  • So 'A' says,

  • 'Have you been working here since 2008?'

  • 'B' says, 'No, I've only been working here _blank_ two weeks.'

  • 'two weeks' is a duration.

  • It shows how long this action has been happening.

  • So the best answer here is 'for'.

  • 'No, I've only been working here for two weeks.'

  • So let's take a look at the whole conversation.

  • 'A' says,

  • 'Have you been working here since 2008?'

  • And 'B' says, 'No, I've only been working here for two weeks.'

  • Now you know the difference between 'since' and 'for'.

  • Be sure to practice these two time expressions.

  • They're very important to properly express time and duration in English.

  • Thank you guys so much for watching.

  • And I'll see you in the next video.

In this video,, I'm going to talk about the two similar and sometimes confusing English

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    Summer posted on 2021/11/03
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