Express duration, which started in the past


Hi Guys,


I have an expression: 'xyz' service is unavailable.
I would like to improve this information, by adding the duration, how long this has been unavailable.   

  1. 'xyz' service is unavailable for 5 mintues - This comes to my mind first, but I think this refers to the future, that it will be unavailable in the next 5 minutes?
  2. 'xyz' service is unavailable since 5 mintues ago - maybe this is the corect?
  3. ??? - your idea? :)

How could I express it correctly?
Thank you very much,


duration past present TIME asked Feb 25 '14 at 09:02 Zoli New member

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