Is it appropriate to use "from" instead of "since" in reference to a specific date? Also, does it matter whether this date is in the past or future when considering the previous question?

For example, "Currently available from February 15th, the collectors edition includes many extra goodies."

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    The sentence is grammatical, but redundant. I would say either currently available or available from February 15th. I don't see any point in combining the two. (Whether you use from or since.) Mar 18 '19 at 18:32
  • From:

From indicates the starting point of an action and is usually followed by another proposition (until, to, till...) that marks the end of the action.

I lived in Italy from 2001 to 2015;

She played tennis from 1987 until she broke her arm;

  • Since:

Since is used to talk about a specific point in time, it refers to an action started in the past that continues in the present, in fact is usually used with unfinished actions.

I lived in Italy since I was 1;

I have been working since yesterday;

So what are the main differences between since and from ?

  1. From can be used with any tense, since only with the perfect tenses;
  2. From is followed by other propositions; since (usually) isn’t;
  3. From is usually used to indicate a finished action; since refers to an unfinished action
  4. From can refer to actions in the future, since refers to an action that continues up to now.

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