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I'd be happy if someone would answer my questions. Thanks in advance.

Q 1 Are the following 3 sentences grammatically right and the same in meaning?

A: I've been here since 7 o'clock.

B: I've been here from 7 o'clock on.

C: I've been here from 7 o'clock.

Q 2 Are the following 3 sentences grammatically right and the same in meaning?

D: I've been here since I came back.

E: I've been here from the time I came back.

F: I've been here from when I came back.
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A: I've been here since 7 o'clock.

B: I've been here from 7 o'clock on.

C: I've been here from 7 o'clock. A is the only correct answer. You cannot say I have been here from this time.

D: I've been here since I came back.

E: I've been here from the time I came back.

F: I've been here from when I came back. D is correct here. The others are not grammatical and besides since means from a particular time.
Hi Doll,

Why are you so sure these other examples are wrong?

For example if, as you say, 'since' means 'from a particular time', you wouldn't accept 'from 7 o'clock'? Isn't 7 o'clock a particular time?

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi Doll,

Why are you so sure these other examples are wrong?

For example if, as you say, 'since' means 'from a particular time', you wouldn't accept 'from 7 o'clock'? Isn't 7 o'clock a particular time?

Best wishes, Clive

--- Hi, Clive. I'm an original poster, Magic dragon.

Do you mean all samples are correct?
Hi,

In Q.1, (b) is not correct.

In Q.2, (c) is not correct.
Neeraj Jain: «In Q.2, (c) is not correct.»

The indexation is transparent. Did you mean Q.2 (f)?
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Magic-dragonI'd be happy if someone would answer my questions. Thanks in advance.

Q 1 Are the following 3 sentences grammatically right and the same in meaning?

A: I've been here since 7 o'clock.

B: I've been here from 7 o'clock on.

C: I've been here from 7 o'clock.

Q 2 Are the following 3 sentences grammatically right and the same in meaning?

D: I've been here since I came back.

E: I've been here from the time I came back.

F: I've been here from when I came back.

Magic-dragon,

Grammatically and idiomatically speaking, only A and D are the correct answers. Based on your sentences, "since" is correct choice, although "from" is possible for Q-E. but less preferred in my opinion. i.e. I have been working here since I came back from England vs. I have been working here from the date I came back from England...

A: I've been here since 7 o'clock.

B: I've been here from 7 o'clock on.

C: I've been here from 7 o'clock.

Q 2 Are the following 3 sentences grammatically right and the same in meaning?

D: I've been here since I came back.

E: I've been here from the time I came back.- Possible

F: I've been here from when I came back.
CliveHi Doll,

Why are you so sure these other examples are wrong?


Yes, I was really so sure that they are strictly not grammatical but tonight I asked them to one of the grammar instructors in my university and learned the correct choices. From the time gives the sense of particularity too but it really sounded incorrect to my non-native ears. Why didn't I add that this is my try or thought but talked so sure? Generally I avoid stating certain things not to mislead anyone as well as myself. God! I only know standart English even for some cases I don't know it. I have to eat loaves of bread, yes yes. ( A Turkish idiom)
I must admit, to me, all the sentences look ok:

A: I've been here since 7 o'clock.

B: I've been here from 7 o'clock on.

C: I've been here from 7 o'clock.

D: I've been here since I came back.

E: I've been here from the time I came back.

F: I've been here from when I came back.

For me, #A looks back to 7 o/c from "now", while #C looks forward to "now" from 7 o/c (i.e. the difference is one of perspective). #B emphasises the "looking forward from 7 o/c".

Similarly for #D ("since") and #E/#F ("from").

(Other speakers might well have a different interpretation, though.)

MrP
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