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They haven't bought a new car __________ 1995.

I have known Dana ________ college.

He has been standing in line _______ twenty minutes.

I have known him ______ a long time.

He has been living on the same street _______ he moved here.

He has been a teacher ______ many years.

They have been making together _______ the early 1980s.

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382 Comments on “English Grammar – How to use SINCE and FOR with the Present Perfect”

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thanks for nice lesson

Sunday, August 16th 2009

    why i couldnt see the test

    Tuesday, August 9th 2011


    Sunday, February 5th 2012

    thank you very much

    Thursday, April 12th 2012

    I have been studying right here on Engvid since February 2015

    Saturday, March 25th 2017


I thank you so much ,,,

But I have a problem here in this clause :

I have known Dana ________ college.
• since
• for

Why the correct answer is since not for ?

Can you illustrate this point ?

All the best to you,,,


Sunday, August 16th 2009

    College is a specific place in time. The sentence implies that you are no longer in college. Remember, to use “for,” you have to talk about a period of time.

    For example:

    I have known Dana for five years.
    I have known Dana for a few days.

    And here are some more examples using “since”:

    I have known Dana since college.
    I have known Dana since she moved to Saudi Arabia.

    I hope this helps. Thank you for your question.

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

      This is very helping, I 100% enjoy your videos. I learned a lot english. Thank You for providing this lessons for me. Nice to Meet you on the Video!!

      Friday, January 1st 2010

Thank you! This is very helpful

Sunday, August 16th 2009

    You from USA, so you are an expert in english. Aren’t you??
    Bye, Bye.

    Sunday, August 23rd 2009

      I’m actually from Canada. :)

      Sunday, April 17th 2011

        Hi Alex , you are a good teacher If you don’t mind could you please send you e-mail id,then i can contact you whenever i need(shibuvargheseu@yahoo.com)

        Friday, July 22nd 2011

        teacher,im from Tunisia,and i need to know more about that,and why in the QUIZ you put just few exemple,
        think you teacher for your help

        Thursday, December 8th 2011

        Thanks for your help……..

        Saturday, October 6th 2012

thank you very much . This lesson is helpe me allot.

Monday, August 17th 2009

    “This lesson helped me a lot.” :)

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      very useful lesson thank you alot.

      Monday, September 23rd 2013

This lesson seems to be quite easy !

Tuesday, August 18th 2009

i like these lessons very much!

Tuesday, August 18th 2009

I like very much you lesson, but I have been cunfuised for a long time ago in how to use “For” and “During”. So, can You help me to solve my problem, please???

Wednesday, August 19th 2009

    Hi,I too…

    Tuesday, April 8th 2014

thanks for that alex

Thursday, August 20th 2009

i guess you was amazing mr alex and you have a unique way to explain and clarify the information

Thursday, August 20th 2009

@ Koug

The answer is since because college is not a specific time, it is a duration of time say around 2-3 years. I hope I am right, if not please do explain me the correct answer.

Thanks in advance.

Saturday, August 22nd 2009

Dear teacher. This lesson is very very easy. It was too helpfull
Thank you.

Sunday, August 23rd 2009

thank you very much is good away to expain and very clear lesson

from yemen ASAAD
thank you ………………………….for all “ENGVID.COM”

Sunday, August 23rd 2009

Thanks for you Alex!

Thursday, August 27th 2009

Hello Alex,
I would like to take e quiz, I’m the member of EngVid and I do not see any opportunity how to take a quiz about this lesson.
Any advice?

Thank you, Gimmi ( ^__^ )

Monday, September 7th 2009

    Ops, it just came up by itself.

    Does that means that I have to wait and not to navigate for the quiz?

    Thank you to everybody, from Gimmi ( ^__^ )

    Monday, September 7th 2009

Thank you! This is very helpful.
the speed is good too.

Saturday, September 12th 2009

well,that exellant you do help to knoe the difference between the both bue i have a problem with this selection so itis good to know my mistake and learn of course from it

Monday, September 14th 2009

Is this phrase grammatically correct? “Since 2002, there are only five types of chocalate ice cream.” I’m concerned that I am using the wrong verb tense or word choice.

Tuesday, September 15th 2009

    You are using “since” correctly, and your word choice is fine as well. Just in case, could you maybe type that sentence in a different way? What exactly are you trying to say? Your one mistake is not spelling chocolate correctly.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

Thanks for taking this English quiz! Your score: 85.71 You got 6 correct out of 7.’

thank you so much Alex!

Saturday, September 19th 2009

thank you teacher you speach is music ro ears and i would like to remain thanking to you

Tuesday, October 20th 2009

i have a questioin which make me frustrated and that is “what is the different between the following two sentences,
– i am focused
-i have focused
and what is the correct one?

Friday, October 30th 2009

Thank you so much! It’s important to know SINCE I moved in USA :)

Sunday, November 1st 2009

Thank you very much! This lesson was very useful for me.

Monday, November 9th 2009

Good work!

Friday, November 20th 2009

thank you for the lesson. It’s help to me a lot.

Friday, November 27th 2009

Hi Alex

I am new user. Your lessons are very good and I am learning a lot from this.
I have a doubt in the last question.

They have been making together _______ the early 1980s.

* since
* for
The word “early 1980s” tells that, it may be 1970 – 1980 or before that. So it may refers to particular duration of period.

Why the correct answer is since not for?

Please explain me about this with an example.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2009

    Is it because the emphasis is on the starting point?

    Friday, June 1st 2012

Thank you very much for this lesson. I have been taught for this subject since i was still in school but i didn’t understand it as much. This really helped.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009

thanks alot

Friday, December 25th 2009

Thanke U . This is soo good .I’m better now . guys I have a big test next week, give me some beneficial counsels .
See ya later…….

Tuesday, January 5th 2010

sorry…. Happy new year

Tuesday, January 5th 2010

i like these lesson very much. It is really useful to improve my Enghlish. my Enghish is not good so I want to find the same lesson on wedsite. I cant afford to follow expensive courses and I want to buy books and CD_ROOM to learn at home. Could you show me where to buy them. I’m Vietnamese and now I live in Ha Noi Vietnam. Please show me those places to buy or send me some massages to my site. My gmail:daoducphuong.tdb@gmail.com . Thanks you very much

Thursday, January 7th 2010

please share me your learning enghish expirence. i love english. i need it for my jod my career.

Thursday, January 7th 2010

hello and thank you for your care im not a native im from algeria and i want to speak as a native can i???thank you…

Monday, January 11th 2010

i realy love u all.you help me a lot to improve my english

Saturday, January 23rd 2010

That is cool to learn Since and for in easy way, Great teachers. :)

Saturday, January 30th 2010

Hi everyone!this lesson is very usefull and helpfull! Hey, Alex! Could you make a video lesson about definite and indefinite articles!
Thank you in advance!

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010

excellent websit. great teachers are teaching us. i am learning a lot.

Friday, February 5th 2010

it’s really very useful

Tuesday, February 9th 2010

I was always confused with(for and since)it’s give me a lot of help….all teachers are great and have a great method of teaching…everyday I watch your videos.

Tuesday, February 16th 2010

Hello Alex thank you for be a good teacher.

Monday, March 8th 2010

Hello Alex.i thank you very much for such a good lesson.i got the difference.

“All The Best”.we Want You To Give Some More Lessons Alex!

Thursday, March 11th 2010

thank you Alex!

very nice!

Friday, March 12th 2010

hi Alex ! excellent lesson, thnak you so much. you have removed my great confusion .

Monday, March 29th 2010

Alex is an excellent teacher. Thanks. The topic was interenting and the teacher explained the class in a simple way.

Wednesday, April 7th 2010

Thank so much Alex you taught a nice lesson
and now i know how to use since and for

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

this is very much helpful to me.

Saturday, May 1st 2010

hi Alex thanx a lot, first time I could understan the difference between these two words. you are a excellent teacher.

Tuesday, May 11th 2010

thnk u very much for such a imperative quiz

Monday, May 24th 2010

hi Alex…this test is very useful ….i understood this easily

Tuesday, May 25th 2010

I am pleased because I am learning every day more with you thank you for your free lessons

Sunday, May 30th 2010

Thanks Alex , yesterday i took this lesson at the British counsil ^_^

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010

Thanks Alex

Monday, June 14th 2010

thnk you very much

Saturday, June 19th 2010

thnk u very much

Saturday, June 19th 2010

thnk u very much thnk u very much thnk u very much

Saturday, June 19th 2010

Thank you a lot.Could you please tell what should be used in the following sentence ?

My fate has been pre-determined ___ years.

Sunday, June 27th 2010

hi mister Alex
thank u alot but i still dont understand when we must ask a question in persent perfect bcz i Ask a question in the present perfect because I always understand it according to the rules of my language or the meaning that settled in my mind for us, there is no difference between the words in the past I took my medicine.and saying in the present perfect i have taken my medicine.
i wish you help me plz bcz i love english so much and i want to learn it .bye

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

sorry . i mean ask a question like :
have you taken ur medicine ?
did you take ur medicine ?

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

thank u mister Alex for this test i Succeeded in answering when i er _ hearing to ur video time after time .thank u a lot but still have a problem about ask a question in p perfect

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

hi sir
i still don t know when must be used the present perfect . and when i speak with my friends about something happened in the past i don t know if should be used this sentence or that :
did u read my letters ?
have u read (red) my letters ?
did u broke the window?
have u broken the window ?
plZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzz sir help me bcz i lost my self-confidence

Thursday, July 1st 2010

Dear Sir,
Here is a problem for me. I couldn’t understood the “word” like when it is used in the beginning of the sentence. For example, like my father she prays five times a day. Please tell me what is the world like in grammar here in this sentence?

Tuesday, July 6th 2010

Thank you for your lessons, I’ve learned a lot with this videos. I already learning about since, for, ago with this ones. I need to learn about whatever, whenever, whichever, whoever and wherever, if you could help me, I thank you so much.

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

i really get a lot new about since n for. thankful 2 u. thanx.

Friday, July 16th 2010

Thanks for your classe Alex, and thank for your answers. That explains you’re a good teacher !

Sunday, July 25th 2010

thank you very much sir, your act of clearing of doubt is perfect and encourage someone to know it from deep point.

Thursday, July 29th 2010

dear sir i like your all lessons because all they are helpful for us but i want to give you and your institution a suggestion that if you will provide a written note of description at the header of your screen beside watching your lesson then it will prove more beneficial to us because then we can read your lesson about at particular topic and also listen your lesson.for example as your descriptive note on the lesson before enter into the lesson( No more confusion with ‘for’ and ‘since’! Depending on whether you want to talk about how long you have been doing something, or when you started doing something, you will need to use one of these two words. Find out which is which in this English grammar lesson!)
you can add here about the description of the topic. please think about my suggestion.if we listen and the read a lesson then we can gain more reminds please do something about this.

Friday, July 30th 2010

Thanks Sir

Friday, July 30th 2010

Dear Alex

your teaching method is very good.

Since is used for specific time/place etc.
For is used where a duration of time is given.

Friday, July 30th 2010

Hi Alex,
lesson was fantastic.I had a doubt between these two for a long time.Im expecting new more lessons from u guys.

Tuesday, August 10th 2010

thanks so lot my friend
Im a new Canadian citizen (since) 2 years
Alex you are my best teacher .

Tuesday, August 10th 2010

Hi Alex.Excellent lesson.My name i Sansar im from Mongolia.I have been learning English for 2years and i have got problem.Could you tell me? How can i explain myself and Picture.For example: Im 26 and I have big family and i live with my mother and wife.extra… …. Picture means: Any logo,art,and …

Could you send me some example via my E-mail add please! Thank you! /sainaa_1984@yahoo.com/

Saturday, August 21st 2010


Thursday, August 26th 2010

Hi Alex.Lesson is very clear.I have much confused the use of these two words. your teaching method is very good.Thanks a lot.

Thursday, August 26th 2010

Once again. Thank you very much. You explained it very well.Listening to your lectures is very interesting as always.

God bless

Thursday, September 9th 2010

thanx Alex….the lessons are very helpful.I can understand the lessons.But i can’t speak English fluently.Can u please suggest how can i improve my English??
Thanx again.

Friday, September 17th 2010

thanks for teaching
and i want to know clearly about Past Perfect Continues

Friday, September 17th 2010

Hi Alex, thank you for teaching,It is very helpful for me.

Friday, September 24th 2010

it was to the point and explained nicely and simply. Thanks a lot. And the quiz really helped in fixing the concept to mind.

Monday, September 27th 2010

thnk u very much Thank u Alex, thank you for teaching,It is very helpful for me.

Tuesday, October 5th 2010

i like it thinku teachre Alex it is good i laren a lot .
Mesi from botswana

Thursday, October 7th 2010

I am a little confused.Why can one say ,`” The sun has been shining since last week” i thought week is a a duration of time and not a point in time.
Can u then say,i have been in hospital since 3 months?

Thursday, October 7th 2010

pls tell me which sentence is correct or wrong and why.

Jim has been misbehaving since the weekend.

Jim has been misbehaving since THE past 3 days

Jim has been misbehaving for 3 days

Jim has been misbehaving since friday.

It has been 3 days since Jim has been misbehaving

Thank u

Saturday, October 9th 2010

    “Jim has been misbehaving since the weekend.” — CORRECT
    “Jim has been misbehaving since THE past 3 days.” — WRONG; change since to for.
    “Jim has been misbehaving for 3 days.” — CORRECT
    “Jim has been misbehaving since friday.” — CORRECT, but capitalize ‘Friday’ :)
    “It has been 3 days since Jim has been misbehaving.” — WRONG. This is a strange sentence but you could say “It has been three days since Jim started misbehaving.”

    Thursday, November 4th 2010

Hi alex!

I want to ask you some questions as below:
What is different between however,although, ..


Wednesday, October 27th 2010

hi zuzu,

Jim has been misbehaving since the weekend. omit “the”

Jim has been misbehaving since THE past 3 days. you should use “for”

Jim has been misbehaving for 3 days

Jim has been misbehaving since friday.

Thursday, November 4th 2010

Hi Alex!
Thank you so much for the lesson.

Saturday, November 6th 2010

Thank u sir for another great lesson…

Monday, November 8th 2010

hmm.. nice lesson. realy i got new sence.thanks

Friday, November 12th 2010

its gave me a new sense thanks.

Friday, November 12th 2010

thanks teacher!your voice is so clearly to listen. I got 100 marks in the test of this lesson! hihi! thanks!

Monday, November 15th 2010

you lessons are best thank you

Sunday, November 28th 2010

EngVid has got very good lessons. Its amazing, how in 4 minutes, i can understand this. awesome. Thank you very much Alex.

Monday, November 29th 2010

i wanted hotta learn e.g.thx for help

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

Thanks Alex,I’ve got100% marks on this point.Could you please tell me is this sentence right?
“I have been waiting for a year”

Monday, December 6th 2010

Good lesson Alex
Thank you

Tuesday, December 14th 2010

this is an incomplete exercise on for and since. I don’t like it.

Tuesday, December 14th 2010

    How can we improve it?

    Sunday, December 19th 2010

I’ve learnt a lot of things!

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

sir alex you taught this topic superbly .I start taking your class now and you are a very good teacher.

Thursday, December 30th 2010

THANKS ALOT my teacher

Friday, December 31st 2010

Dear Alex,

After watching yr explanation I am understand how to use for and since with Present Perfect Tense. However, I still wonder if Since and For can be used in Present simple tense ? if yes could you pls. explain how to use it ?

Many thks.

Wednesday, January 5th 2011

    Hi Angella,

    I can’t think of an example where “since” can be used in the present simple to express time. However, you can use “for” in the present simple to talk about behaviour that is regular or generally true about yourself.

    “I practice guitar for 45 minutes every day.”

    “On Saturdays, I study English for a few hours.”

    Tuesday, January 11th 2011

      thank you,Alex.I learned a lot from your explanation

      Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

thank you so much alex for this lesson

Monday, January 10th 2011

thanx a lot!!! great teacher and lessons also!!

Saturday, January 15th 2011

This quiz was so easy 7 of 7 I feel like going out drink some beers. viva canada and mexico, so long.

Monday, January 17th 2011

hello alex, how can i improve my writing because i can read and speak only 80% but i can’t write…from Nashville tn

Tuesday, January 25th 2011

thanks a lot T.Alex

Wednesday, January 26th 2011

hello , I’m Ammr

Thursday, January 27th 2011

thank you alot

Thursday, January 27th 2011

thank you very much foe such quizss

Saturday, February 5th 2011

how can we improve our speaking

Saturday, February 5th 2011

very easy English that help me to understand the topic as well as your conversation. from many years I am in search of this kind of program thanks.

Tuesday, February 8th 2011

merci beaucoup!!!enjoyed the test:))))))))

Monday, February 14th 2011

Is simple

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011

Thanks Alex for your clear and good topic on your lesson.I got 100% correct on your quiz because of your way of teaching.Hope that,there are more lessons to come.

Friday, February 25th 2011

Thanks Alex ….very nice lesson

Saturday, February 26th 2011

thanks — i want lesson about modal verbs

Sunday, February 27th 2011

Thanks a lot!!!

Wednesday, March 9th 2011

Thank’s Alex
This Lession is very useful for all who wanna know about usage of Since, and For.
It’s very good. thanks again.

Thursday, March 10th 2011

Someone asked me about a sentence they found in a text book, ‘since you’ve arrived the weather’s been awful’. They asked why the present perfect was used instead of the present simple. Is this sentence correct or is it a mistake?
Thank you

Monday, March 14th 2011

thank u (:

Wednesday, March 16th 2011

I have been looking for good english garmmar lessons for long time…now i got it..vvv nice

Monday, March 21st 2011

thank you

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011

thanx alex you are a great teacher i had just only one question wrong:)
is this sentence rite.. million of thnx:)

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

hey, just one more question. I wonder if it’s okay (not necessarily correct) to say “I’ve been feeling a little bit depressed (ever) since I have this banging headache”; how bad does it sound? thanks in advance.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

    Hi m.a.t,

    It’s almost correct.

    “I have been feeling a bit depressed (ever) since I got this pounding (more common) headache.”

    I hope this helps!

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      Hi Alex. I really need in your explanation. Is the next sentence correct?
      ‘(ever) Since i own the coffee shop I have been very busy.’
      ‘Since i own the coffee shop’ (here i mean i still have the coffee shop)
      Thanks a lot.

      Tuesday, January 5th 2016

Thank you so much indeed. You guyz have been doing a great job.

could you explain me the meaning between below sentences
1. It has rained since 9am.
2. it has been raining since 9am.

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

    There is very little difference in meaning in those two sentences. The only grammatical difference is that when you use the present perfect, you are focusing on the end result – on the act itself. When you use the present perfect progressive, you are focusing on the process. Mentally, there is a different picture of the event in a native speaker’s mind when you use these two sentences, but the meaning itself is the same.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      1. It has rained since 9am. –> It’s not raining anymore now (the rain has stopped) but you can still see the street is wet as the result of raining.
      2. it has been raining since 9am. –> It’s still raining now.

      Isn’t it so Alex?

      Monday, December 26th 2011

        u almost there ,but i disagree, we use the present perfect continuous when we talk about an action which began in the past and has recently stopped or just stopped:
        Is it raining ?
        No, it isn’t but the street is wet.
        It has been raining.

        here are some examples:
        You are out of breath.Have you been running ?

        Sunday, April 21st 2013

another 100… thank u…

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

Thanks Alex
I love this way of teaching
God bless you

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

Oh I forgot my quiz is full 10/10

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

a lesson .it help me lot

Wednesday, May 4th 2011

Hi Alex,
I would like to appreciate the way you are teaching. With regard to “since” & “for” why did you use in present perfect tense only ? For instance, we can say or write like” Since I’m not good in English, I fell TOEFL test.” what is the difference between the above, my sentence & your examples. Thanks a lot.

Sunday, May 8th 2011


Friday, May 13th 2011

thanks alex

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

Thanks !

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

The quiz was ver interesting, need is to upload more tricky quzies, it was a simple ones

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

This really works! Thanks,Alex :) you helped me a lot!

Thursday, May 19th 2011

alex u r the best teacher

Monday, May 23rd 2011

Thank you very much Mr.Alex. Your lesson and explain is very good and i can see it.

Monday, May 23rd 2011

thankyou alex ,the lesson was quite interesting.

Monday, May 30th 2011

great explanation

Monday, June 6th 2011

Your score: 85.71 You got 6 correct out of 7..’thank you for this free English lesson I’ve learned a lot from you sir Alex…could you teach me for free??i want to be fluent in English…thank you so much

Thursday, June 9th 2011

thanx for the help

Thursday, June 9th 2011

i have been working for last two hours…. or i have been working since last two hours..??
please tell me

Thursday, June 9th 2011

    i have been working for last two hours

    Friday, June 10th 2011

Thank you very much. This is a fantastisc lesson

Friday, June 10th 2011

This website rocks. Thank God I found this. Finally I’ll be able to improve my English. God bless you ALL the teachers. Carlos

Friday, June 10th 2011

Hi Alex
Thanks for your lesson.:-)

Monday, June 20th 2011

Respected Sir,
If I write english sentences.You can guide me that these are right or wrong.
I hope you will consider my request.
God bless you.

Monday, June 20th 2011

its very helpfull to improve my english knowledge.
thanks to all, may god bless you.

Friday, June 24th 2011

thans a lot SIR,Alex
u r great teacher

Friday, July 1st 2011

this topic is really important and i really enjoeded. i want to say thank you for all your hard work with us Gad bless you.

Friday, July 1st 2011

Thanks Alex .

Friday, July 1st 2011

This lesson helped me a lot… thank you Alex!
with best wishes to you. Edyta from Poland

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

I really enjoy learning here =)

Wednesday, July 6th 2011

thanx for great & easy teaching methods.

Thursday, July 7th 2011

hi alex thanx for that lesson i am very enjoyed and learnt so thnx

Thursday, July 7th 2011

Thanks . i get 100% is nice .:( by i have a big problem when i have to write i can do right i am study for get my GED , i have a lot of problem with my easy am really appreciate with this lesson .

Tuesday, July 12th 2011

Hi! Alex m sudip from INDIA I wanna learn english & I wanna sound in english speaking cause m not sound at spoken english plz give me some best tips which enables me to improve my skill thank u…

Saturday, July 16th 2011


Monday, July 18th 2011

Thanks a lot.

Sunday, July 24th 2011

thank you alex. what can I do to improve my writing? I always fail on my test.please give me Idea thank you

Sunday, July 24th 2011

Hello Alex,
We want to learn Grammer.It is better for me.Thanks

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

Hi. A lex! Would you mind explaining me clear how to choose and use the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous? Many thanks in advances.

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

While i am teaching my students, I am facing with some problems. the problems are that When should we use present perfect and when should we use present perfect continuous tense? Do you have any specific clues to make them easily understand?

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

the lesson talking about for and since.
i pass the quiz i got 7 out 7 that mean 100 out 100 right.
finally i like to say thank you so much Mr. Alex

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

This is a great and easy way to learn english.

Friday, August 19th 2011

Hi Shibu
Your lesson on “FOR’ and ‘since’ was interesting.Good you have chosen the functional method.Please let me know whether agree to and agree for convey the same meaning

Thursday, August 25th 2011

Hi,this lesson is very helpful for me thank you for submitting this lesson.

Wednesday, September 7th 2011

Hi,Alex your lessons was helped for my English alot.Thanks Alex

Sunday, September 11th 2011

hey thanks it helped me a lot

Thursday, September 15th 2011

Dear Alex,
Cau teach prepositions lessons & Direct & Indirect speech?

Friday, September 16th 2011

Very practical

Friday, September 16th 2011

Thank you Alex
The best for you :)

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

I appropriate for your free lesson, it was really helpful.

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

Thank you Mr. Alex..

Friday, September 30th 2011

wonderful lesson, you make it very easy for me. Thanks

Thursday, October 6th 2011

hey, i have a question….
can i say … I listened to music since i was 5 years old?

Sunday, October 16th 2011

can u just tell me the usage of since when…

Monday, October 17th 2011

Thank you Alex, it was a clear explanation. I hope you red this message. Best regards.

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

Thank you Alex, Nice and clear explanation.

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

what do we use since / for ?
———- a short time and why ?

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

Hey..Thanks, I like this video . It was really helpful :D

Monday, October 24th 2011

thank for the lesson

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

Thanks for the great helpful. I think this is the better way to learn how to describe about scince and for!

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

Hello Sir,
Which sentence below is correct?
“He has spent 7 days in the hospital since he had an accident”
“He spent 7 days in the hospital since he has had an accident”
I would really love to know the answer, Thanks.

Friday, October 28th 2011

thanks for the lesson
when can we consider the action in finish or not finish?

Friday, October 28th 2011

Thank you, Mr. Aziz, Alex. These lessons on the good and wonderful

Tuesday, November 1st 2011

thanks alex i’ve learn such a nice lesson from u.

Tuesday, November 1st 2011

Now i`v got the right concept regarding since and for. Thanx Alex

Saturday, November 5th 2011

very good

Monday, November 7th 2011

Since and For
Actually they ware very simple :)

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

very nice .

Monday, November 21st 2011

thank you soo much for this class……!!! it’s nice.

Sunday, December 4th 2011

sir i had many problems regarding to this topic……but you have solved my problems..
thanx alot:)

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

thankx for lesson that was very interesting

Thursday, December 8th 2011

hello sir.
There is one example.
(since/for) four hours, he is busy in his laboratory.
What will be used here? since or for?
Thanks in advance.

Thursday, December 15th 2011

Can you explain that ?
for many years,for many years
why don’t we use FOR?
and other question
1-I started this job last year.Since then,I have had lots of troubles.
2-I have had a lot of trouble since I started this job last year.
what’s the difference of those clause ?

Saturday, December 17th 2011

I have learned something on this video.Thank you so much.

Sunday, December 18th 2011

At the first time , l visit this web site
this site will be good for me. thank you

Thursday, December 22nd 2011

Thank you ^^
this is useful for me.

Thursday, December 22nd 2011

Dear Alex,
You’re one of my favorite teachers since I’ve been browsing this fabulous website as you answer to most of students questions briefly and clearly with a deep thought.. ;) God bless you for that..
Going through all comments n questions from this topic, reminds me of this :

Since you’ll be away, I’ll cover it for you.
Since it’s your duty, I’m not gonna do it.

How can I explain this ‘since’?
Perhaps another video covering various functions of ‘since’ would help?

And one more thing, I just realized that Canadian English (as teachers’ accent here) is very clear to ESL n EFL learner (it’s my opinion) or it’s just a coincident? So what about your slang, idioms, or expressions? Are they common? I mean can we also use it while talking to American or British or even Australian?

I hope I’m not asking too much..

Yours Faithfully,

p.s. Merry Christmas n Happy New Year for everyone, may peace will always be upon us..

Monday, December 26th 2011

Hi Sir Alex, Nice to meet you on Engvid I really happy for that Engvid help for us. and Henny is also helped me to this Chapter.

Saturday, January 7th 2012

Thank’s Alex, I got 7/7 he he he, it’s became easy with your lesson….

Monday, January 16th 2012

Hi,sir Alex,thanks for this wonderful lessons. i am so happy to find this website and helpful teachers.my english is weak but it will be good because you and your site.thanks.

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

Hello Alex,
your lessons are great . I have been learning English for 3 years , and I have got some problems with Present Perfect and Present Perfect Progressive.
Could you please be so kind and explain when I have to use which time forms.
have a good one.

Thursday, January 19th 2012

very helpful thank you very much

Sunday, January 22nd 2012

wao it was interesting

Saturday, January 28th 2012

thank you so much but i don’t understand the defferant betwen for and since

Sunday, January 29th 2012

hi dear Alex

would you please tell me this sentence is correct or not?
i have been living hear since 8 years ago.

i am not sure about the correct use of SINCE here. it is so important, please tell me

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

i am waiting for your answerrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

100/100 Thank you Alex…

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

hello sir, where can i able to see the test questions here?

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Thank you so much for teach English on the web. I love the way you explain each lesson.

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

its very good way to help those,who want to learn english language.thanks a lot ALEX

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Dear Alex

**Our Land phone has been disconnected since last 3 days**

Is this Correct?

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

    no here ‘for’ use because ‘since’ is use for fix time which it is disconnected and ‘for’ use for quantity of time.for example my phone is disconnected for 3 days

    Monday, February 20th 2012

hi sir
i have little confusion in since for and from my teacher say that since is use for specific time date and for is use for quantity for example you say that.she is waiting for 45min but there is specific time why you not use since and last one is, i have lived here for 4 year it is right because there is quantity of time use so use for but i have a big confusion in since and from plz help help me

Sunday, February 19th 2012

I want to know why you used in one sentence,
I was not used to driving
(not)I was used to drive
I know what u used is correct, I have seen like this sentence in some books and articles
I want to know when to use this tense and what is called in grammar

Thursday, February 23rd 2012

great page today i learn use of since and for ……..

Sunday, March 4th 2012

thank you very much for this lesson i was having trouble when i used “for & since” so you have moved this trouble
at the end thank you so much for all your lesson i found them very helpful ,,,,, correct my mistakes please

Monday, March 5th 2012

I like your teaching method .you are great person .I love you.

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

thank you so much alex.i was little confused on using since & for .i came across your website and it was very helpful for me as my examz are going on .

Wednesday, March 7th 2012

thanks a lot

Sunday, March 11th 2012

thanks mr alex

Wednesday, March 14th 2012

thankxx dear alexx,,,,

Saturday, March 17th 2012

What does this sentence mean:”It has been four years since he was a teacher.”?
Does it mean He hasn’t been a teacher for four years or He has been a teacher for four years?

Monday, March 19th 2012

very helpful lesson..Thanks!!!

Friday, March 23rd 2012

its really helpful lesson ! thank you :D

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

yes i get 7, thats all coz of u,you are great techer mr alx thanks

Thursday, March 29th 2012

Which is sentes correct “I know him” or “I’ve known him”

Saturday, April 7th 2012

Hi i!!got 7!!LOL thank you so much
plus, I want to know some conversations to talk with my foreign teacher:) plz help me

Saturday, April 7th 2012

Hi Alex, I’m Tomas from Cuba. I’ve lived in USA for the last 5 years and your lessons are helping me so much. You’re excellent teacher and I can understand you 100%. Don’t quit. We need you. Thanks.

Friday, April 13th 2012

Thank you Alex..Hope I’ll pass my exam :(

Tuesday, April 17th 2012

thx alot
finally i got it :)

Saturday, April 21st 2012

Hi. Alex. I wish you’re fine. Thanks for this lesson. I like your way at explain the lesson. You are always calm in your class,it’s your personality. That makes everyone love your lessons.

Monday, April 23rd 2012

thanks Aliex. your teaching is very good.

Thursday, April 26th 2012

i am having a doubt about point of time and period of time regarding my professional experience in my resume.
could u plz solve this for me.

•Working as a Software Engineer at TCS, Chennai since Feb 2010 to till date.
•Working as a Software developer at Defiance Technologies, Chennai from Sep 2008 to Jan 2010.

is this two sentences correct or not.
plz send reply.

Sunday, April 29th 2012

    hi sandeep,sorry for disturbing,to my mind you are correct

    Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

Thank you so much

Monday, April 30th 2012

wow.. superb…
Thanks alex….

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

thank you so much Alex
you solved my problem

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

i got : 100.00 You got 7 correct out of 7
thank u so much

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Great lesson alex..thx

Sunday, May 6th 2012

hi teacher, i m a new user iwant to improve speaking english will u plz guide me from whic
h lesson i should start?

Monday, May 7th 2012

Hi Alan

Friday, May 11th 2012

I got 100 %.. very useful lesson it was.

Friday, May 11th 2012

i hate blanks

Saturday, May 19th 2012

hi,Alex,If you don’t mind could you please send you e-mail id,then i can contact you whenever i need.I work as a translator(in english)and i have some problem using words.pleaseeeeeeeeee dont object.I am waiting your respons.I am grateful beforehand.

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

Alex,ua the best!!

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

I have been in Syracuse,NY for three years ,and i didn’t see a great teacher like you and our lovely lady the teacher
Ronnie.God Bless you all

Monday, June 18th 2012

please we need more about phrasal verbs
and slang language

Monday, June 18th 2012

Thank u Mr Alex, i actually benefits from this topic.

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

I got it ! Thanks so much !

Friday, June 22nd 2012

what should we use (since/for)before
last-weak/year/10 years and so on?

Wednesday, June 27th 2012

thank you very much

Friday, July 6th 2012

“doing that since i was a kid ”
is this correct ?

thank you very much

Sunday, July 8th 2012

hai dear

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Hi teachers!! I want to know the difference in using given,since and because in sentences. I will surely appreciate any comments. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

thankx Alex this help me alot

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Your score: 85.71 You got 6 correct out of 7. :/

Monday, July 23rd 2012

i am more confidence after watched your teach..

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

this lesson help me in my

Sunday, August 26th 2012

this lesson helps me in my studies

Sunday, August 26th 2012

Hey Alex! Great lesson. I wanted to know how to explain the difference to my students in Portuguese. Your lesson was well explained. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Its wonderful to see the way you are responding Mr.Alex, from today i have decided to be a regular user of this site, nice one.


Wednesday, October 31st 2012

is it correct:-

since i’m a good listener i will learn english easily.

Thursday, November 1st 2012

Hi Mr. Alex.
I’m a teacher from India. A question I had given for a test in the present perfect tense was ‘ I___________________ (play) football since my childhood.(Answer: have played)

Wednesday, November 7th 2012

I have a question,is this sentence is correct?
Since she was a child,she likes sports,especially water sports,such as swimming and water skiing.

Wednesday, November 7th 2012

you guys are great .. thanks for your help……

Saturday, November 10th 2012

thanks iam v.good now full mark

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Hi Alex I would like to thank you for this helping vidio , it is really helpful.

Sunday, November 18th 2012

what should i use in this sentence
i am not feeling well since Friday or i am not feeling well or almost 2 days.

Sunday, November 18th 2012

thanks to my great teacher Alex i got a perfect score! keep up the good work sir!

Saturday, December 8th 2012

ou got 7 correct out of 7.

Thursday, December 13th 2012

he has been doing this job…..many years.(since or for)

which preposition has to place in the blank?

Friday, December 14th 2012


    Monday, September 9th 2013

      i didnot listen u r lecture so thats why i didn’t deliver my comment

      Monday, September 9th 2013

salut, d’abord je remercie votre excellence de nous avoir aidé,j’ai commencé d’étudier la langue d’anglais,et donc je me confond entre “for” et “since”. est-ce que ça sera possible de m’expliquer la base de ces derniers, et merci monsieur alex

Thursday, December 27th 2012

I love English grammar!!!

Thats great…!!!

I have learned more from Here

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

I am looking a sentence for “since”

Acually i need this for my homework

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

It was a brilliant class. Thank You alex

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

tanks you a lot Alex…

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

Thanks i have cleared different between since and for

Friday, February 15th 2013

Which one is correct. Since when has she been sleeping or since when she has been sleeping.

Sunday, February 17th 2013

It is very useful for me/us. Thank you very much.

Sunday, February 24th 2013

Is there a rule for using since in the present perfect and present perfect continuous?

Tuesday, February 26th 2013

Thanks a lot teacheeer. thank youuuuuuuuuuuu

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Hi Alex,
Could you help me with the use of was/were for “audience”: “When the lights went off during the play, the audience was growing/were growing restless.” “The audience was/were clearly delighted with the performance.”

Thursday, February 28th 2013

hi Alex,
is the sentence….”she is ill for six days .” correct…. if it’s not,then please provide the correct one….

Sunday, March 3rd 2013

Hi allex u helped me a lot by this chapter..u r gud teachr..u kno wt I was confused abt use of since n for…bt u didn’t ans a ques askd fstly in this ans series..d question was how to use since ever n since then..

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

thank you sir!!! I am clear. i got 7 out of 7,

Thursday, March 28th 2013

Some verbs e.g be, have,and know. How they used in the continuous?
thank you in advance
good job, i appreciate ur help, you have been helpful a lot

Sunday, April 21st 2013

Thank you Alex :-)

Wednesday, April 24th 2013

hello thank you very much for these lessons . i hope to get me some informations about how to use : however ,whatever, and whoever . thanks

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

Hello Alex Sir. I have got 5/7.I was confused on 1 question but you had written about earlier question in comments. You speaks slowly I easily understand what you are teaching and I like it.So,thank you Alex Sir!
With regards

Friday, June 7th 2013

Please tell me if this sentece is correct

I’ve been to mexico in the last year

I’ve been there for 5 month

Friday, June 14th 2013

Nice lesson! Short but effective. I have a question: when should I use whether or if? Thanks

Thursday, August 22nd 2013

Nice lesson! Short but effective. I have a question: when should I use whether or if? Thanks

Monday, September 9th 2013

Very informative! Simple yet common mistake by many! Thank you Sir Alex! More power and God bless!

Saturday, October 5th 2013

yeah…i got 100%..:D

Wednesday, November 20th 2013

hi,Alex thanks for giving a good lesson,I have been working as a teacher of English since 2005 and I m very happy with engvid videos.I have been watching your videos since last month,improved a lot in me. You are teaching very well. I have a doubt . Shall I use these with only perfect progressive or with other tenses ,some are using with some tense…please help me.

Friday, November 29th 2013

thank you so much for your it help me a lot to understand this matter.

Friday, February 7th 2014

thank you so much

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

Thank you very much teacher Alex, you make it very easy too understand.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

    to* not too, sorry

    Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Sir Alex, can you make an examples of sentences using ” Since I have met you” and “Since I met you”. would you use it in the beginning of the sentence, this will help me a lot.Thanks in advance.

Sunday, July 13th 2014

you’re fit to be a teacher

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

Hi Alex, how are you?
First of all I want to say I love this website and all the lessons, really awesome work is done here.
I have a question…the last question of the quiz is:
the last question is :
They have been making together _______ the early 1980s.


Is it sth missing there? making what together?
or is make together an expression for sth? I asked a couple f people b4 asking u and wasting ur time. So that’s why I am asking, I am very curious and because of me a bunch of people are too.( hahahah)
Thank you very much!
Sorry to bother :)

Sunday, August 24th 2014


Wednesday, August 27th 2014

Hello Alex,I have a question about how to use Present perfect,statements with FOR and Since in to a question? thank you for your help. :)

Sunday, October 19th 2014

Thank you Alex. Your classes are Excellent!!!

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

i finished the 130 lessons of Alex, lstening ans writhing

Monday, November 10th 2014

Excellent lesson, simple way to explain this subject, congratulations teacher.

Sunday, December 21st 2014

thank you ^^

Monday, January 5th 2015

Thank you

Tuesday, January 13th 2015

Thank you Alex.

Sunday, January 25th 2015

very good lesson.thanks alex.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

7/7 ! thank you

Friday, March 6th 2015

Why we do not use “for”for ..as ..for all day or all time
Please you give me your answer

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

Thanks !! I needed this yesterday for my job and.. ouf !! it was right !

Thursday, May 7th 2015

This website is very useful.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015

OMG! Thank you. Today It was a theme in my class room. Thank for your help. I have been studying very much.

Monday, July 13th 2015

Thanks Mr. Alex

Friday, August 7th 2015

Thank you Alex, you are a great teacher!

Wednesday, October 7th 2015

Alex Thank you for your very Good gob !!!!!! )

Tuesday, October 27th 2015

7/7 – very simple and good lesson. Thank you.

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thank you very much teacher Alex, you make it very easy to understand.

Monday, February 29th 2016

Thank you, dear Alex!

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Hello, I can’t understand your video called “How to use SINCE and FOR with PRESENT PERFECT”. But in the quiz there are questions in PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE. Why it so?

Monday, August 22nd 2016

Thank u my enlish teacher for ur Expline,my quetion is In what tenses we can use for,and sunse?
_ for,and since.are proposation?or what?

Saturday, October 22nd 2016

i got 86%

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

I got 7/7.

Sunday, November 6th 2016

I’s easy, all about the tenses in english

Friday, November 11th 2016

I like so much your classe.
Thanks for you help.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

Thanks for this great lesson! It helped me a lot!!

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Hi Alex your lessons are

Sunday, February 19th 2017

Excelet. I like this class…

Monday, May 1st 2017

i love it!

Thursday, September 21st 2017

Thank you Alex

Thursday, October 12th 2017

7/7 Gool

Thursday, December 7th 2017

i can’t do the exam??
it doesnt open

Sunday, December 24th 2017


Friday, February 23rd 2018

I understood HOHOH

Thanks for the lesson

Thursday, March 29th 2018

Thanks for the lesson. Topic inderstood

Thursday, March 29th 2018

Thanks Alex for making my life Easier! Your Explanation on the topic is totally clear and helpful. Thanks to you, I will be able to explain since and for to my students in an easy and dynamic way. I hope in the future you explain all the uses of the present perfect with the rest of the words such as: yet, already, just, never, and ever in one single Video Lesson!

Hugs from Ecuador (South America),

Monday, April 2nd 2018

Thanks a lot , Alex . I comprehend this prepositions very well. No lore doubts when and how to use it. Take care,Augusto.

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Very good lesson, Alex. Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Thanks Alex, great lesson and very easy to understand.

Friday, July 6th 2018

Thank you

Tuesday, October 9th 2018

alex you are super teacher .. ;)thank you .

Friday, December 14th 2018

I have watched the video since 2 pm, thank you Alex

Monday, January 7th 2019

It’s a good lesson!!! Thanks

Thursday, January 10th 2019

thanks my teacher .i have got 100 scales thanks

Monday, January 21st 2019

I got 100 thank you so much

Sunday, March 3rd 2019

best lesson

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Nice teaching.
Thanks a lot for it!
All the best!

Friday, May 24th 2019

thank you Mr.Alex

Thursday, November 14th 2019

Thank you very much Mr. Alex.

Friday, December 27th 2019

Thanks! I have been trying to figure the perfect tense since yesterday. With lots of practice, I am seeing results in my writing.

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

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