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It’s been a long time since

ian e.C1Kwiziq community member

It’s been a long time since

Is ‘its been a long time since ‘ always followed by a verb in the negative? Some language sites seem to have sentences without a negative.

Asked 1 year ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Ian,

Chris is correct! When the expression implies a duration during which the action has not taken place, then you should use the negation. But there are plenty of of examples without the negation too:

Ça fait longtemps que je ne t'ai pas vu It's been a while since I saw you

Ça faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas mangé au restaurant = It had been a while since I ate in a restaurant

Cela fait longtemps que je t'aime = I've loved you for a while -> ongoing / a fact

Cela faisait longtemps que l'on se connaissait We'd known each other for a while -> ongoing in the past

See here: https://www.academie-francaise.fr/mounia-b

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, it seems that the negation is used most of the time, even though I found examples that omitted it.

It’s been a long time since

Is ‘its been a long time since ‘ always followed by a verb in the negative? Some language sites seem to have sentences without a negative.

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