Is the following a correct way to approach this?


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28 January 2016

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Is the following a correct way to approach this?

Depending on the context, I really struggled to see the distinction between which tense was appropriate to use with "depuis" and the negative. (I'm sure my Kwiziq results reflect that!) I've seen it described that The Present Tense is used when an action was taken in the past and is still the case now, and that Le Passé Composé is used to describe for how long something has not been going on. That is to describe an action that was not taken in the past, and has still not been taken yet. Is this an accurate way to decide which Tense is appropriate to use in negative sentences with depuis?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using Le Passé Composé or Le Présent in negative sentences with ''depuis''"


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1 February 2016


Bonjour Andy, Yes, it's an accurate way to see it. Here is an example for using Le Passé Composé: "Il n'a pas mangé de viande depuis 4 ans." versus "Il ne mange pas de viande depuis 4 ans." In the first case, we consider the action of "not eating" as finished in the past (i.e. He hasn't eaten meat for four years.) implying that he could be eating meat NOW, whereas the second sentence insists on the prolongation of the action of "not eating" all through the past up to the present moment (i.e.He hasn't been eating meat for 4 years.), he's STILL not eating meat. I hope that's helpful!


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28 October 2016


Je suis bloquée à ce sujet!


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20 December 2016


Hi Aurelie "Suzanne ne l'a pas vu depuis 2013" vs "Suzanne ne le voit pas depuis 2013" - do both mean "Suzanne hasn't seen him since 2013", but the second implies that she is now or soon going to see him? Cheers Jason

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