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"Ce n'est que depuis quelques semaines que j'ai entendu parler de vous et de votre livre"

Emre can A2Kwiziq community member

"Ce n'est que depuis quelques semaines que j'ai entendu parler de vous et de votre livre"

The sentence above is used by philosopher Martin Heidegger in his letter to Jean-Paul Sartre in 1945. Why did he use Le Passé Composé, though "depuis" is used? 

Asked 1 year ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Emre can,

It is possible to use depuis with the Perfect.

when-to-use-either-le-passe-compose-or-le-present-in-negative-sentences-with-depuis

"It's only since some / several weeks that I heard talk of you and your book"

In the sense of "recently" The hearing took place and was a completed action then.

Hope this helps.

Jim

"Ce n'est que depuis quelques semaines que j'ai entendu parler de vous et de votre livre"

The sentence above is used by philosopher Martin Heidegger in his letter to Jean-Paul Sartre in 1945. Why did he use Le Passé Composé, though "depuis" is used? 

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