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Autor:  Fino Che'
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Data:  07/JUN/2008 9:29 PM
Assunto:  Not since two years ago has...
 
Mensagem:  "Not since two years ago has the situation started to  improve/deteriorate"

Usage warning: the adverbial phrase used in this sentence is somewhat garbled, as mother tongue speakers we have never used or heard used the phrase "Not since two years ago"

It is understandable that such an expression could emerge from a (mis)translation from one language to another.

'The situation didn't start to improve until 2 years ago.'

the use of the since and perfect aspect is quite strange, What is being referred to is a definite point in past time (after which the situation started to improve).

If you change the focus you can use those adverb / verb features - the situation has started to improve in the last two years

But the original structure works better with until / remote verb form - the situation did not started to improve until two years ago -

 an improvement in the situation has been noted in the last two years


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"Dois anos"  –  Carla Maria  05/JUN/2008, 3:48 PM
The last two years decisively did...  –  Márcio Farias  06/JUN/2008, 12:24 AM
The last two years decisively did...  –  Dale/CR  05/JUN/2008, 9:33 PM
Not since two years ago has...  –  Márcio Farias  06/JUN/2008, 3:06 AM
Not since two years ago has...  –  Carla Maria  06/JUN/2008, 12:08 PM
 Not since two years ago has...  –  Fino Che'  07/JUN/2008, 9:29 PM
Not since two years ago has...  –  Márcio Farias  08/JUN/2008, 1:52 PM
The last two years decisively did...  –  Carla Maria  06/JUN/2008, 12:07 PM
Fino  –  Johannes  08/JUN/2008, 6:17 AM

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