Certain words in English sound similar or have similar meanings so they can be confusing. In fact, many language learners confuse these words as they are very similar. We are going to explain the difference between FOR or SINCE so that you do not make the same grammatical mistakes.
For: for + duration of time
For is used in the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous when talking about time.
I have been living in Spain for 9 years.
I usually work for 9 to 12 hours a day.
I have had my car for 3 years now.
For a long time = for ages
For ever = for life
For example = for instance
For a while = for quite a long time
For a change = to make a change
For sale = be on sale
For a walk = take a walk
For nothing = be a useless act
For once = for one time
For a moment = for a short period of time
Since: since + a point in time
Since is used in the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous when talking about time.
I have worked here since 2014.
I have been playing the piano since 4 months ago.
I have been trying to find a job since last month.
Since then = since a certain point in time
Ever since = throughout the period since
Since when = used to show surprise or annoyance
Since the beginning = from the start of something
To use grammatically correct English, it is essential to know the difference between these similar words, for more information see one of our courses.
- Have you been living in the same city since birth?
- Have you been learning English for a long time?
- Since when have you had your favourite shoes?
- Have you been working in the same job for a long time?
- Have you been learning English ever since you were a kid?