He’s been with us from the beginning.

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


2 Answers 2


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:


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.

  • 5
    This is not very helpful to someone to whom the differences are not obvious. You should elaborate on this.
    – Em1
    Sep 20, 2013 at 20:28

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.