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I came across this sentence in Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary: “I received your letter some time since.” Can we use “since” in the same way as “ago”?
Sender Gamal
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The answer to your question is right there in the example: Since here is an adverb meaning “before the present time” and the example says I received your letter some time since. [=(more commonly) ago] ( definition 3)

However, we have not taught this meaning of since in our books and you should not teach it to your students. Ago is more common in a sentence such as this, and that’s what your students should use.
ed. 24/12/15


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