Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
The other day I was watching a video on the internet and I heard someone say this:
I know there are many here who have been loyal since many, many years.
That since should have been for.
It should have been like this: I know there are many here who have been loyal for many, many years.
So what is the difference between for and since?
They both mean how long something has been happening.
For is used for a total period of time, like:
two minutes, five hours, ten years, many, many years, a long time
And since is used for the start of a period. So, it’s a specific time or day.
5 o’clock, 2006, Tuesday, the 10th of June
Here are some examples:
I’ve been living in Japan for quite a while.
I’ve been living in Japan since 2001.
I’ve been working since 9 o’ clock this morning.
I’ve been working for ten hours.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today, according to a survey reported in the New Zealand Herald, 27 percent of New Zealanders clean their shoes with their kitchen sponge.
Who is Maui?
What other books did you like when you were a kid?
We also had these books about Māui, which I really enjoyed.
Who is Māui?
He’s a character in Māori stories. He does lots of amazing things … like tame the sun and fish up New Zealand but he’s also kind of mean sometimes …
マオリの神話で登場するキャラクターで彼はスゴイ事がたくさん出来るんだ。 例えば太陽を操ったりニュージーランドを釣り上げたり。 でも時にひどい事をしたりもする。
What do you mean?
Well, in this one book we had, he starved his grandfather, or it might have been his grandmother … so he could steal a jawbone.
Why did he want the jawbone?
Because it was a magic jawbone. I suppose the point was that he was persistent and he didn’t give up on trying to get what he really wanted … but I just remember thinking it was really mean.
なぜならそれは魔法の顎の骨だったから。 でも本当の意味は、彼はとても辛抱強くて欲しいモノは決して諦めなかった、という事だと思う。 けど私が覚えているのは本当にひどいと思った事だなんだ。
Do you ever get for and since mixed up?
Try this quiz:
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