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Why not "since you've been here"?



 
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Why not "since you've been here"? #1 (permalink) Tue Aug 29, 2006 17:16 pm   Why not "since you've been here"?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #207 "What Comes Next? (1)", question 3

It must be at least a year since ..........

(a) you are here
(b) you will be here
(c) you were here
(d) you had been here

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #207 "What Comes Next? (1)", answer 3

It must be at least a year since you were here.

Correct answer: (c) you were here

Your answer was: correct
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Hi,

Why not "since you've been here"?

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Greta
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Since you have been there (present perfect) #2 (permalink) Tue Aug 29, 2006 19:07 pm   Since you have been there (present perfect)
 

Hi Greta,

Since you have been there is not one of the choices. The reason why you were is correct here is because the sentence means: It is one year since that time when you were here.

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Present perfect vs. simple past #3 (permalink) Tue Aug 29, 2006 19:08 pm   Present perfect vs. simple past
 

Hi Greta

Since you have been here could be used to talk about an on-going presence up to now.

"Since you've been here, I've been a lot happier. I hope you never leave."

By using were in the test sentence, the reference is to a visit that ended in the past (at least a year ago).

Amy

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Oops. Sorry, I see Alan has already answered.
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