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Which of the following two sentences is correct?

  • It's been long time since I last saw you.
  • It's been long time since I have seen you.
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The correct one is:

It's been a long time since I last saw you.

Reason: The event "last saw you" happened once, sometimes in the past, where it already ended. Today, you're only describing how much time has passed since that event.

Another example would be:

It's been 5 days since the boat exploded.

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And you have "long time no see". It's a cliché I don't really like, but it exists as an idiom. –  Albertus Aug 26 '12 at 9:30
    
+1 But it could be "It's been a long time since I have seen you" since, without the last, the earlier seeing activity may have been an ongoing activity. –  bib Aug 26 '12 at 11:02
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