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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > simple past or present perfect     

simple past or present perfect

miss zakia

simple past or present perfect
I need your help
which one is the best choice?
she and 2 friends own a bookstore called Logos, which they (started / have started) since 2 years.
is it right that we couldn �t  use the verb "to start" in the perfect aspect?
the use of "since 2years " is it wrong in this sentence?

4 Jun 2010      

hamza youssef kammoun

hi Zakia,
it �s not correct to say "since two years" but we can say "two years ago". So the tense that can be used in this case is the simple past.
.......which they started two years ago.

4 Jun 2010     

miss zakia

thanks a lot Hamza 

5 Jun 2010     


I�d say " which they started 2 years ago" or " they have owned it for 2 years"

5 Jun 2010