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Dear teachers,

Would you please tell which sentences are wrong and why?

1 a) I feel better since I moved house.

b) I am feeling much better since I have moved house.

(if both are correct what would be the difference between them, please?)

2. She no longer visits since she got married. (is it possible to use the simple present here with “since”?)

3. She doesn't come and see us (anymore) now that she is / has got (possible too?) married.

4a) It is / has been twenty years since I have seen her.

b) It is / has been twenty years since I last saw her.

(are all four versions correct ? If yes, is there a difference in meaning between them?)

5) Whether she plays on Saturday (is “or not” necessary here ?) depends on what her doctor says.

6) I've been miserable ever since my family died in a car crash.

(correct ? or would you rather put “depressed”, “My life has been shattered”)

Many thanks,

Hela
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Dear teachers,

Is it possible to say "to move house" in British English? And is it possible to use either the simple past or the present perfect in the first two sentences?

Best wishes
Dear teachers,

Would you please tell which sentences are wrong and why?

1 a) I feel better since I moved house.OK

b) I am feeling much better since I have moved house.OK

(if both are correct what would be the difference between them, please?)

b) means you have recently moved house/houses.

2. She no longer visits since she got married. (is it possible to use the simple present here with “since”?)

(Yes, either in the main clause above, or in the subordinate clause where since have different syntactical function:conjunction word in the reason clause, and not a preposition.)

In your sentence above, the present tense is OK, and expresses a change in a situation.



I am seeing a lot of you since you are living here.

3. She doesn't come and see us (anymore) now that she is / has got (possible too?YES, and almost equal in meaning) married.

4a) It is / has been twenty years since I have seen her. OK

b) It is / has been twenty years since I last saw her. OK

(are all four versions correct ? If yes, is there a difference in meaning between them?)

It is/has been 20 years since I last saw her.

It has been/is 20 years since I have last seen him.



5) Whether she plays on Saturday(s) (is “or not” necessary here ? NO, but OK) depends on what her doctor says.

6) I've been miserable ever since my family died in a car crash.

(correct ? or would you rather put “depressed”, “My life has been shattered”) -- shattered my outlook on life, shattered my hopes

I feel miserable, depressed, below par, to be sick at heart, to be downhearted, etc.

to move house/houses is an idiom

Peter
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There is often a certain amount of ambiguity in English. However, without more context, 1a and 1b mean more or less the same to me. Since means because.

Sentence 2: Correct. Again since means because.

Sentence 3: Both are correct.

Sentences 4a and 4b: All correct. No difference in meaning. (English grammar is a real mess, isn't it?)Emotion: smile

Sentence 5: Not is not necessary.

Sentence 6: My ear and dictionaries assure me that miserable is correct. If you don't like it, by all means use another word.

Cheers
CB
Morning, CB
Thank you and have a nice day Emotion: big smile

Hela
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InchoateknowledgeMorning, CB
Good mor...Emotion: smile afternoon, Incho. (I'm late as usual!)
CB
Hi Hela

I agree that all of your sentences are fine. However I would not interpret 'since' to mean 'because' in sentences 1a, 1b, and 2.
YankeeHi Hela

I agree that all of your sentences are fine. However I would not interpret 'since' to mean 'because' in sentences 1a, 1b, and 2.

Hi Yankee

Neither would I;)
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