"Since" and "Sense" sound similar so the words are often confused, especially by teenagers. However, both words have completely different meanings.

The word "since" is synonymous with "because" and "from then till now" is among the most common words of the English language. On the other hand word "sense" indicates the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. These are the faculties through which animals and humans perceive stimuli from outside or inside the body.

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Part of Speech Noun and verb. Adverb, preposition and conjunction.
Origin 1350-1400 1400-1450
Pronunciation enPR: sĕns, IPA: /sɛns/, SAMPA: /sEns/ IPA: /sɪns/, SAMPA: /sIns/
Meaning Good judgment, common sense, wisdom Because, starting from the time, in view of the fact
Synonyms Feel, appreciate, signification, rationality Because, while, as
Antonyms Be unaware, overlook Before, until

Differences in Meaning and Grammar

"Since" can be used as an adverb, preposition and conjunction in sentences. The way it is used changes its meaning.

"since" as an Adverb

"since" as a Preposition

"since" as a Conjunction

"Since" is a subordinating conjunction which joins a clause to another on which it depends for its full meaning. E.g. We shall go since that is what you want. (Note that the action of going is dependent on the desire.)

"Sense" is a noun. The word and its derivative sensed are also used as verbs.

"sense" as a Noun

"sense" as a Verb


Since - From Middle English syns, sinnes, contraction of earlier sithens, sithence, from sithen ("after", "since") ( + -s, adverbial genitive suffix) from Old English siþþan, from the phrase sīþ þǣm "after/since that [time]" from siþ ("since", "after") + þ?m dative singular of þæt.

Sense - Middle English sense from Old French sens, sen, san ("sense, reason, direction"), partly from Latin sensus ("sense, sensation, feeling, meaning"), from sentio ("feel, perceive") (see scent); partly of Germanic origin (whence also Occitan sen, Italian senno), from Frankish *sinn "sense, mental faculty, way, direction" (cf French assener ("to thrust out"), forcené "maniac") from Proto-Germanic *sinnaz ("mind, meaning").


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