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"since over a year ago"


"since over a year ago"
Hello my dearest colleagues; I have a grammatical doubt:

Recently; I heard this sentence: 

"I haven �t seen my cousin since over a year ago"

Is this grammatically correct? can we use since and ago in the same sentence?

What do you think?

Thanks for your answers

Have a great day

1 Sep 2010      


It doesn �t sound correct to me. I would say "I haven �t seen my cousin for over a year" but you know that the use of certain expressions are used even if they are not correct.
I haven �t helped much, sorry, let �s listen to the natives.

1 Sep 2010     


You can say:
I haven �t seen my cousin for over a year.
I haven �t seen my cousin since a year ago. [Because a year ago is a particular time]
You cannot say since over a year ago because that is not a precise time. [more than one year]

1 Sep 2010     


ok; I thought so; thanks for your answers Wink

1 Sep 2010     


As soon as you use the word  "ago " you have to use the simple past because you are talking about a specific time in the past.  You can �t use the Present Pefect tense with the word  "ago " because with the Present Perfect the time you saw your cousin is not important. The important thing is that you saw your cousin at some point, but not a specific point.

1 Sep 2010