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?