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ENG/P/5: The use of since, for, and from.

This unit helps pupils understand when since, for, and from is used in English grammar

from and Since: this is used when a point of time from which an action began is given. It means from some definite point of the period in the past till now. It is commonly used in the past perfect or present perfect tenses.

  • It hasn’t rained since the end of January.
  • He had been composing songs for ten years.
  • They have been playing football since morning.

The present perfect is used when the action is still existing. (it started raining yesterday and it is still raining)

For: this refers to a fixed period. It is used when the length of time an action has spent or spent in existence is indicated.

Examples.

We have been learning English from 7 O’clock.

  1. The mechanic has been repairing this bicycle since yesterday.
  2. She has been eating for half an hour.
  3. Ben and Tom have been singing for two hours.
  4. Ketty started digging at 8 00 O’clock. It is now midday.
  • Ketty has been digging since 8:00 O’clock.
  • Ketty has been digging for four hours.
  • They have played for two hours.
  • I have not seen him for the last three years.
  • I have been waiting for a while.

THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE USE OF SINCE, FOR AND FROM

FOR , SINCE, AGO. GRAMMAR CLASSES FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS BY PROF. THOMAS MATHEW.

Exercise

Complete the following sentences using: since, for, or from.

  1. They waited …………………two hours to meet you.
  2. I haven’t been to town …………………..yesterday.
  3. I haven’t seen him ……………………….a long time.
  4. ……………..8.00 o’clock, it has been raining heavily.
  5. Do you want to take anything ……………her?
  6. Where have you been ………………morning?
  7. John has been sitting there ………………………more than an hour.
  8. Birungi has been away………………………..a week.
  9. I haven’t received any letter …………….him…………………..the beginning of this month.
  10. I am leaving this country…………………..good.
  11. She has been studying in this school …………………1994.
  12. Juma started digging at 8.00 o’clock. It is midday now. (Join using ..for..)
  13. I started teaching in 1988 and I am still teaching. (Use…since….)

Rewrite the following sentences using since, for, from

  1. They went to America last year. They are still there.
  2. I started teaching in 2010. I am still teaching in this year 2017.
  3. We began planting cassava last Friday. It is Tuesday now.
  4. They began doing their course in April. It is now July.
  5. He began constructing the house in October. It is now March.
  6. Simon started learning at 7 00 O’clock. It is 11:00 O’clock.

ASSIGNMENT : ENG/P/5: The use of since, for, and from. MARKS : 19  DURATION : 45 minutes

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