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Time Prepositions


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Since...refers to a time when the action began.

We have lived here since 2006.
I have studied since I was a child.
(Notice that we use the present perfect tense: the action began in the past and continues through the moment of speaking.)

For...refers to a period of time

We have lived here for 3 years.
I studied for 20 years.

From...to....refers to the beginning and the end of an action.

We lived there from 2006 to 2008.
I studied from my childhood to my earlier adult years.

During/While... referring to an action the coincides with another action



Sample Usage

I was working while I thought about the movie.
I was living in Dallas while I was preparing for graduate school.
I met Sarah during the museum exhibition.


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