A long time has passed since we wrote.

  • ace02nc

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    "A long time has passed since we have written."

    or

    "A long time has passed since we've written."
     

    Oeco

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Does it mean that wrote is unacceptable?
    In this context it sounds wrong. Using the simple past (wrote) suggests a specific point in the past when the writing took place. And it doesn't work so well with the personal pronoun "we" unless you are referring to a specific point in time in which "we" engaged in a certain activity.

    So, "It's been a long time since you wrote [to me last November]."

    That's my sense, anyway.
     

    Oeco

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I think Salvage is right. It just denotes a specific exchange of letters at a specific point in the past. It sounds better to my Am English ears if the word "last" were put before "wrote." But it may be a matter of personal preference.
     
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