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Last week things were very clear:

  • at the age of 42 (92%, 23 Votes)
  • in the age of 42 (8%, 2 Votes)

However, Neal Chambers said that the Japanese have trouble with this, too, as there is only one particle in Japanese. (Comment)

This week, the Grammar guru asks which one of these is correct:

  • I’ve been living in Giesing since I have come to Munich.
  • I’ve been living in Giesing since I came to Munich.
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  1. At school we learn that certain words are “signal words” for the present perfect: for, since, just, yet, already. But that can lead you down the wrong path.

    A sentence with “sinceconnects two ideas, one in the past and one that is still true now.

    Compare:
    I’ve loved Helmut since 1992. (still true now)
    We met in 1992. (past event)
    ->I’ve loved Helmut since we met in 1992.

    I’ve been riding a bike since childhood. (still true now)
    I got my first bike as a child. (past event)
    ->I’ve been riding a bike since I was a child.

    Practice:

    not see her + since + go to Mallorca together
    not hear from him + since + see him at Paula’s party
    like (author) + since + read (his/her best book)
    learn (instrument) + since + first hear (band) play

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