Contributed by Bruce McCutcheon


ONE POINT LESSON: Talking about time

Using For, Since and Ago.


We use for and since to answer How long...? questions. For example:


    • "How long have you been studying English?"
    • "For about five years."    or    "Since high school."


For is always followed by a 'period of time'. For example:

    • For a few days   
    • For a couple of years 
    • For six months


Since is always followed by a 'start time'. For example:

    • Since last week   
    • Since January   
    • Since 1996


We use ago to answer When...? questions. For example:

    • "When did you start studying English?"
    • "About ten years ago."


Note that ago is always used at the end of the sentence.