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.

 

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