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He’s been with us from the beginning.

Is there a difference between from and since in the context of the above sentence?

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To me, there's no difference in meaning. –  Pete Wilson May 19 '11 at 11:32
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Possible duplicate (although your example is better): Proper usage of “since” and “from” with regard to duration of time. –  Callithumpian May 19 '11 at 11:38
    
To me from the beginning sounds more formal than since the beginning. –  Barry May 19 '11 at 12:26
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I think from the beginning puts a little more emphasis and focus on the significance of the beginning. If you were talking about a business, perhaps "he" was there in the planning process and integral to starting the business. Since the beginning places more emphasis on the intervening time period. Again, if a business, perhaps "he" is the most loyal employee who was hired early on—the focus being more on the amount of time that has passed.

Beyond this, if you use the blockquoted form you'll be in better company:

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=from+the+beginning%2C+since+the+beginning&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

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to mee

from - > i worked in this company from ..... and currently somewhere else.

since - > i work in this company since ..... and currently working.

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Let's watch the movie again from the beginning. (NOT since the beginning)

I have been working on this project since the beginning.

I have been working on this project from the beginning.

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This is not very helpful to someone to whom the differences are not obvious. You should elaborate on this. –  Em1 Sep 20 '13 at 20:28
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