October 16


EP27: For vs Since

Hello hello, fellow learners of English, how are you doing out there? This is Kristian here, nice to be with you again, and welcome to the Learners of English Podcast, episode number 27.

Today I’m going to tell you how to use for and since.

We use for to describe how long an activity or a situation lasts. For example, I can say: I go running every day for 50 minutes.

On the other hand, since is used to describe when an activity or a situation began. For example, I can say, I have been recording this episode since 3 o’clock.

It’s not complicated, is it?

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Example sentences

  • For ten minutes
  • For eight hours
  • For five days
  • For six months
  • For three years
  • For two centuries
  • Since 8 o’clock
  • Since Monday
  • Since February
  • Since 1982
  • Since I left school
  • Since the end of last century


We’ve been coming here  several years.

We have been living here2002.

In Prague, tourism has been increasing the end of last year.

We have been swimming and walking on the beach  early this morning.

We’ve been enjoying the sun and warm water  a week now.


Both for and since also have other meanings, with no reference to time. Here are some examples:

  • This is for you.
  • Is this the train for London?
  • Since you ask, I’ll say yes.
  • Since he didn’t study, he didn’t pass the exam.

About the author 


Kristian is a Dutch guy who teaches English online. He relaxes with audiobooks, music and podcasts. Kristian still has a lot to learn, but he's happy to share what he has learnt along the way.

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