Since vs. Ever Since

'Since' and 'ever since' are used interchangeably when talking about a period of time. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.

"Since" vs. "Ever Since" in the English grammar

Are They Interchangeable?

Yes. They are interchangeable but there is a distinction that we will cover in this lesson.

Talking about Time

'Since' and 'ever since' show what has happened from a certain point in time until the present moment. Have a look:

I have been unable to sleep well since that accident.

I have been unable to sleep well ever since that accident.

Pay attention to the examples above again. There is a small distinction between 'since' and 'ever since.' 'Ever since' emphasizes the action or event that occurred from the starting point until now. It also lends the meaning of continuity. In other words, it shows that the events have been persistently occurring between then and now.

With Tenses

'Since' and 'ever since' can only be used with perfect tenses. Have a look:

They have been at the hotel since three days ago.

She has lived here ever since 1980.

Position in a Sentence

'Since' and 'ever since' can be placed at the beginning and the end of the sentence. Watch:

She left me and I have been a mess since.

She left me and I have been a mess ever since.

Since we still have an hour to spare, let's have coffee.

Ever since that accident, I have trouble driving.

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