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Thank you for the great answer and how about these ones?

 

It has been a long time since we met last time.

 

It is a long time since we met last time.

 

Can we apply the same rule you mentioned before to these sentences or they mean the same and the second sentence is just colloquial, especially among the American young guys?

What do you think? Thank you so much as usual.

asked Feb 05 at 01:51 Hans Contributor

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The first sentence is grammatically correct and reads as what a native US English speaker would say or write.

It has been a long time since we met last time.

It could also be written like this.

It has been a long time since we last met.

Or:

It has been a long time since we met last.

 

The second is grammatically correct, but just doesn't read right.  But I'm an old American guy.

It is a long time since we met last time.

link comment answered Feb 05 at 02:57 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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