For vs Since - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


In this video, we break down the difference between the usage of "for" and "since". Both of these words are used when talking about time, which is why they often cause confusion for many English learners. However, the difference in the usage of the two words is actually qutie easy. The word "since" is used when referring to a point or exact moment in time, such as in this example: I have been living in this house since 2005. The year 2005 is a point or exact moment in time and therefore, we need to use 'since'. "For", on the other hand, is used for a period or duration of time, such as in this example: I have been living in this house for 12 years; 12 years is a duration of time, and therefore we need to use 'for'. As you can see, all you need to do is figure out whether you are reffering to a point in time or a period of time.

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Hello, I actually found this unit difficult , although I was comforted when at the beginning of the unit it stated that it is something both students and teachers find the most difficulty in. It was good to refresh on and go through the unit especially because it is very important to know, understand and be familiar with what this unit covered. Thank youThis unit was very helpful because it put names to things that had been ingrained into my head over the years by being surrounded by English. In my experience learning other languages, I had always had issues with tenses, so being able to see the other side of it for English put things into perspective and showed me how difficult it can be for a student.