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perfect tense is used before the preposition "since" eg. He has been here since i last saw him

Yes, that's important, since a lot of non-native English speakers will write something like:

"I am living in London since 1987."

which is incorrect. It should be:

"I have lived in London since 1987." 15:34, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

This is missing the sense in which "since" is a synonym of "as" & "because".

Phil Last 2009-01-09 17.38

I think of "since" as - strictly - meaning from after the time mentioned. "Since Friday" would mean "starting on Saturday and from then onwards". But the meaning seems perhaps to be shifting to "on Friday, and from then onwards".Penglish 20:03, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Can you show evidence of your claimed meaning? Would "since last year" mean only from 2010?! Equinox â—‘ 20:10, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
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