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Function of present perfect: the result of an action can still be seen - something has just happened - the state has gone on
 
             Since when?         (for) How long ?
 
since
starting point in time
(Zeitpunkt des Beginns)
for
duration of time
(Zeitspanne)
from                                  past                                           to                     present
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

I haven't seen her

since two o'clock (time of the clock)

since Monday       (days of the week)

since (3rd) March (names of the months)

since 1989            (dates)

since Christmas  (festive days)

since summer     (seasons)

since lunch          (time of meals)

since yesterday  (days in relation to now)

since the end of the 18th century 

since I was in London (defined time, date)

ever since 

for ten minutes  (minutes)

for two hours     (hours)

for three days    (days)

for four weeks   (weeks)

for five months  (months)

for six years       (years)

for ages              (long period)

for a long time   (period of 

                               time in general

In German "Präsens mit schon" seit (-------) oder ....lang
Ich habe sie schon                     seit 2 Uhr                                                                                     10 Minuten (lang)
nicht mehr gesehen
                                              since  für  Zeitpunkt                                             for  für   Zeitraum

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