For or Since?

This is a downloadable ESL matching activity to practise the difference between "for" and "since".

For or since activity

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Aim To practise the difference between FOR and SINCE.
Activity Students organize expressions of time into categories.
Organisation Pair work
Preparation Make enough copies of the worksheet for the number of students in your class.
What do I do?
  1. Hand out the worksheet.
  2. In pairs, students organise the expressions of time into two groups, according to whether they are used with FOR or SINCE.
  3. Feedback as a class, and review the difference between the use of FOR and SINCE.
  4. Challenge students to make sentences about themselves using the expressions. Tell them that they must make two sentences which are true, and two which are false.
  5. Divide students into small groups. Student A in each group chooses one sentence and reads it aloud. The rest of the group decide whether it is true or false.
  6. Continue until students have read out all their sentences.


last week
nine months
a year
I was a teenager
a long time
last Tuesday
five minutes
30 days
last month

Keith Taylor
Keith is the co-founder of Eslbase. He has been a teacher and teacher trainer for over 20 years, in Indonesia, Australia, Morocco, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and now in the UK.

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