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Difference in English between “since” and “for”

Mini lesson by Dunya Martínez from TAU with the difference between “since” and “for” in English.

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For is normally used when we talk about a period of time that started at some point in the past, and still continues in the present. We specify the amount of time (how long).

  • I’ve been a teacher for more than 10 years.
  • They’ve been married for 50 years!
  • She’s been studying French for 6 months.


Since is used when we specify the starting point.

  • I’ve been a teacher since 1992.
  • They’ve been married since 1969.
  • She’s been studying French since November.
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