I've come across this line in a movie:

Ever since she got her test results back, she'd get mad whenever someone asked her about it.

I've known about how "since" can only be used in present/past perfect tense but in this case, it's a conditional sentence.

Is it true that "since" is usable here? If not, how else should the sentence be rewritten?

  • I’m voting to close this question; it's based on a misconception. The conditional usage of 'would' is assumed here, when the habitual past usage is actually involved. See the habitual past usage of 'would' .... // 'She'd get mad whenever someone asked her about her test results, ever since she got them back.' – Edwin Ashworth Apr 14 at 16:26

The sentence makes sense and needs no alteration.

Since = from a particular time in the past until a later time, or until now

Cambridge dictionary

Hence, during the period that started when the results arrived and has continued until now, she has been in the state that she would get mad when asked about them. Her getting mad is conditional on being asked, and since merely defines the period during which she was in this state.

  • @user121863 yes she used to get mad when asked. But her getting mad depended on her being asked and was therefore still conditional on it. – Anton Nov 15 '20 at 8:20
  • We are straying from the question. I did not assert the verb itself to be conditional. I assert that the state of getting mad is conditional on being asked first. That is a correct viewpoint. – Anton Nov 15 '20 at 8:37
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    The question is: can since be used in a conditional sentence such as the one reported above? The fact is that the sentence is not a conditional one. – user 66974 Nov 15 '20 at 9:24

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