My teacher is wondering whether all three sentences below could mean virtually the same. This idea that "since I used to visit" and "since I have visited" might mean the same partly comes from the following part of one forum: (Too see the whole forum thread, please, see the link below)

1) It"s been a long time since I"ve swung a golf club. 2) It"s been a long time since I"ve been to Augusta. The present perfect implies that the action is something that is repeatable. The speaker has probably swung a golf club or been to Augusta more than once.

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1) It has been a long time since I visited you (at the hotel). 2) It has beeen a long time since I used to visit you (at the hotel). 3) It has been a long time since I have visited you (at the hotel).


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1) It has been a long time since I visited you (at the hotel).

I visited you at some (distant) point in the past.

2) It has been a long time since I used to visit you (at the hotel).

In the past I visted you on a regular basis, maybe once a week. At some (distant) point in the past, I broke with that habit.

3) It has been a long time since I have visited you (at the hotel).

I visisted you at some (distant) point in the past. I probably have visted you more than once, but that doesn"t mean it was a habit.

So, yes, 2) and 3) could have a similar meaning, but 2) really draws attention to the fact that the visiting was happening on a regular, habitual basis, and it is the habit that stopped a long time ago.

Just for illustration, let"s look at a different example.

Suppose I used to live in city A, but I have now moved to another place. While I lived in city A, I visted a certain restaurant once. Also, I was a regular at a bar (I was there almost every day). There was a cinema too. I went there a couple of times, but I"m no great fan of the cinema.

Now, after some years, I could say:

It"s been a long time since I visted that restaurant. It was a really great experience though, maybe I should go back there some day.

It"s been a long time since I used to frequent that bar. Nowadays I just drink alone, at home...

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It"s been a long time since I have been to that cinema. I don"t know if that nice girl still works there.