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Ian's been ill since last Friday.
Ian's been ill from last Friday.

Place the preposition since before words or phrases denoting a point in time: since Monday, since yesterday, since eight o'clock, since Christmas. When we use since, the verb is usually in the present perfect tense, but it may be in the past perfect: I was glad to see Tom. I hadn't seen him since last Christmas.

From can also denote a point in time, but it must be followed by to or till: He works from eight o'clock till one o'clock without a break.

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I have other books except these.
I have other books besides these
Also possible:
I have other books as well as these

Except means to leave out: Everyone was present except John.

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I bought a book at fifty pence.
I bought a book for fifty pence.
I can't buy it for such a high price.
I can't buy it at such a high price.

Use for if the actual sum is mentioned, use at if the actual sum isn't given.

If the weight or measure follows the price, use at with the actual sum: That velvet is available at £5 a metre.

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We walked to the river and back.
We walked till the river and back.
I'll stay here till next month.
I'll stay here to next month.

Use to with distance, and till (until) with time.

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My uncle will arrive on Saturday.
My uncle will arrive at Saturday.
I usually get up at seven o'clock.
I usually get up on seven o'clock.
She goes for a walk in the afternoon.
She goes for a walk at the afternoon.

Use on with the days of the week or month: on Friday, on March 25, on New Year's Day. Use at with the exact time: at four o'clock, at dawn, at noon, at sunset, at midnight. Use in with a period of time: in April, in winter, in 1945, in the morning. Also at night and by day.

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