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as a preposition (followed by a noun): Everything has changed so much since last spring.
as an adverb (without a following noun): She left home in 1993 and hasn’t been seen since.
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): Paul’s had several different jobs since he left school. ♦ Since there’s no more business, we can all go home.
When since is used for talking about time, the verb in the main clause of the sentence is usually in the present perfect or past perfect tense: It hasn’t rained since the end of July. ♦ He had been composing music since he was ten years old. Sometimes the present simple or past simple is used in the main clause: ♦ It’s over twenty years since we last met.