In this sentence and answer from the lesson, why is the first verb conjugated in the present tense?

John

Kwiziq community member

8 December 2015

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In this sentence and answer from the lesson, why is the first verb conjugated in the present tense?

Nous le savons depuis que vous nous l'avez dit. We've known since you told us.

This relates to:
Depuis que + verb = (ever) since + verb -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

8 December 2015

8/12/15

Bonjour John,

It's in the present tense because we know now, and have known since you told us. French has no equivalent for the present perfect "have known" - the present tense is used instead.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 December 2015

8/12/15

Bonjour John,

Yes, indeed, like Laura said, we don't have an equivalent of that fascinating tense, the Present perfect, that seems to be sitting in-between past and present. So in French, you will use either Le Présent when the action is still ongoing now, OR Le Passé Composé when it occurred in the past.

In this case, they still know at the time they're speaking, so Le Présent!
Hope that's helpful!

John

Kwiziq community member

8 December 2015

8/12/15

Thanks. That's very helpful.

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