For or Since: How to Use Them with the Present Perfect

FOR or SINCE? What’s the Difference between these English Prepositions? This English lesson will explain the difference between them and include example sentences.

FOR or SINCE

How to Use FOR and SINCE with the Present Perfect Tense in English.

How to Use FOR

FOR + period of time

FOR + number + time word

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 weeks
  • 6 days
  • 7 months
  • 10 years
  • 2 centuries
  • A half hour
  • A while
  • A long time
  • Ever

Examples:

  • We’ve been talking for 30 minutes.
  • It’s rained for a week.
  • I’ve trained for two months.
  • He’s been off work for a while.

How to Use SINCE

SINCE + starting point

SINCE + a time or a date

  • 6 o’clock
  • 2nd June
  • Thursday
  • March
  • 1995
  • 1991
  • I was young
  • The beginning of time

Examples:

  • We’ve been waiting here since 2 o’clock.
  • He has been living in Paris since 2008.
  • He has grown since I last saw him.
  • Sarah’s been sick since Friday.

Difference between FOR and SINCE | Picture

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