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Since vs for

I notice a lot of people here use "since" followed by a duration, like I am looking for a job since 2 months, I cheat on my husband since a long time, and wonder if it is because in your mother tongue, it can be used that way? I know in french, it is probably the direct translation of "depuis"
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Old 06.10.2015, 22:11
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Re: Since vs for

It's wrong (but usually unambiguous) and is often said by native German speakers.
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Re: Since vs for

Since when?
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Since for-ever
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Re: Since vs for

It's a germanophone English translation for their preposition "seit" which often means "since", but in this context is better translated as "for". As already said, this is a common native german speaker mistake, but one which doesn't really change the speaker's meaning.
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Since when?
When is not really a duration...

Source: my inner pedant

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PS. For the OP, it should be "I have been looking for 2 years, ever since I left my job...". As per the earlier answer.
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Re: Since vs for

..but when you have lived here long enough and heard enough German speakers saying it... an English English teacher MA (Cantab) once rang me to check that it is really, really, really wrong. He was beginning to get cold feet...
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Re: Since vs for

in German we always use "seit". Thats why some German speaker use the wrong preposition when speaking English.

Ich bin hier seit 1997 / I've been here since 1997.
Ich bin seit drei Jahren hier / I've been here for three years
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Re: Since vs for

Dear sir, many of us are fully aware of why this appalling error is repeatedly made. We do just wish you guys and gals would stop making it.
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Re: Since vs for

I also cringe when I see emails starting with 'Hi together' and they try to convince me it's proper English.

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Re: Since vs for

Also until for by.
Can you write this report until Monday? (No, I want to sleep, but I will write it by Monday)
You must pay CHF30 until the 3rd. (What? Everyday or every hour?)
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Also until for by.
Can you write this report until Monday? (No, I want to sleep, but I will write it by Monday)
You must pay CHF30 until the 3rd. (What? Everyday or every hour?)
Ha ha, I'm doing this very often!!
Thanks MsWorWoo...
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Re: Since vs for

I can of course only imagine what my German sentence construction sounds like to a native speaker... Or even a non native speaker.

For example: Never can remember the exact gender of a German table. Ours are all unisex, you see.

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Re: Since vs for

On a similar tack, I often get e-mails to a group of recipients which start "Dears.....". This is from both French & German native speakers. I don't have the heart to tell them...
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Ha ha, I'm doing this very often!
Then, of course, there's the inapproprate use of the present continuous in English -- which is odd, since it doesn't exist as a separate life form in German. Maybe in some way this is related to the use of "until"...
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Re: Since vs for

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Also until for by.
Can you write this report until Monday? (No, I want to sleep, but I will write it by Monday)
You must pay CHF30 until the 3rd. (What? Everyday or every hour?)
Big thank you. I am struggling with English for 30 years and this was the first time that I heard for this.
http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/byvsuntil.html
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Big thank you. I am struggling with English for 30 years and this was the first time that I heard for this.
Then, of course, there's the inapproprate use of the present continuous in English -- which is odd, since it doesn't exist as a separate life form in German. Maybe in some way this is related to the use of "until"...

(But at least you haven't been struggling since 30 years!)
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Then, of course, there's the inappropriate use of the present continuous in English -- which is odd, since it doesn't exist as a separate life form in German. Maybe in some way this is related to the use of "until"...
(But at least you haven't been struggling since 30 years!)
Before I thank you can you explain my error. I always thought that you use it for something that started in the past and has continued up until now? Btw I am very bad German speaker, but it's true, present continuous does not exist in my language.
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