Confusing words 6

 

ALBERT: How long have you lived in Sweden?

DOMINIK: I’ve lived here since three years.

 

A very typical mistake in many European languages.


Dominik should have said ‘I’ve lived here for three years’ or ‘I’ve lived here since November 2015’.


‘Since’ means from a particular point in time: It’s been making that noise since this morning. Since Tuesday, I’ve been working on this report non-stop. What have you been doing since you started here?


‘For’ means over or during a particular period of time: It’s been making that noise for several hours now. I’ve been working on this report non-stop for three days. What have you been doing for the last few weeks?

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