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Using since with the verb read

Post by MahanSabouri » Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:14 pm

"I have read a book since 2018." I want to know if this sentence is right or not. Please explain why this sentence is right/wrong. Thanks!

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by Firefox » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:43 am

I have been reading a book since 2018.

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by MahanSabouri » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:29 pm

Firefox wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:43 am
I have been reading a book since 2018.
So you're saying the sentence I wrote is wrong?

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by Firefox » Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 pm

Yes, probably. It depends what you are trying to say exactly, but normally it should be Present Perfect Continuous:

I have been reading a book since 2018. :ok:

This means that you started reading this particular book in 2018 and you are still reading it. Is that what you mean?

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by Firefox » Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:26 pm

Other possibilities are:

I have read books since 2018. :ok: (Before 2018 I never read any books. Now I do.)
I have read a book a day since 2018. :ok: (In 2018 I started the habit of reading one book completely each day.)

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by MahanSabouri » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:05 am

Firefox wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 pm
Yes, probably. It depends what you are trying to say exactly, but normally it should be Present Perfect Continuous:

I have been reading a book since 2018. :ok:

This means that you started reading this particular book in 2018 and you are still reading it. Is that what you mean?
I'm trying to say I finished reading a book in 2018. I just wanted to know why we can say like "I have worked here since 2018." But we can't say the sentence I wrote. Is it something about the verbs or the types of sentences or anything else? So my question is more like: when do we use "since" in a sentence with a verb in present perfect tense?
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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by Joe » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:20 am

MahanSabouri wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:05 am
I'm trying to say I finished reading a book in 2018.
The sentence that you wrote ("I have read a book since 2018.") does NOT mean that you finished reading a book in 2018. You may like to review the use of "since":
https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/ver ... -since.htm
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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by MahanSabouri » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:42 am

Joe wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:20 am
MahanSabouri wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:05 am
I'm trying to say I finished reading a book in 2018.
The sentence that you wrote ("I have read a book since 2018.") does NOT mean that you finished reading a book in 2018. You may like to review the use of "since":
https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/ver ... -since.htm
Oh...I made a mistake. I meant I finished the book from 2018 until now. I know the use of since and I kind of knew the sentence I wrote was wrong with the meaning I had in mind but I just couldn't convince somebody as I don't know why it is wrong grammatically.

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by LishaPate » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:30 pm

I have investigated the book, I have to know whether this sentence is right or not. You should illustrate why this sentence is immediate off the kilter.

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Re: Using since with the verb read

Post by MahanSabouri » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:19 pm

LishaPate wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:30 pm
I have investigated the book, I have to know whether this sentence is right or not. You should illustrate why this sentence is immediate off the kilter.
Well I think I got it...
It possibly sounds strange because we usually say like "I read an English book this year." The sentence I first wrote "I have read a book since 2018." could be correct when we want to emphasize that we have only read one book; but in that case we would as well use "one" instead of "a" to clearify we're talking about the quantity and that we don't just want to tell we have read a particular book.
Correct me if I'm wrong!

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