Using ‘depuis’ and ‘il y a’

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Judy

Kwiziq community member

14 November 2018

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Using ‘depuis’ and ‘il y a’

Can I use these words interchangeably?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using 'depuis' (since / for) with Le Présent and NOT Le Passé Composé (prepositions of time)"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

15 November 2018

15/11/18

Hi judy,

The simple answer is no.

Take a look at the following lesson on how to use 'il y a' meaning 'ago'.

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/expressions-of-time-il-y-a-duration-ago

Hope this helps!

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 November 2018

19/11/18

Je vis en France depuis 10 ans. -- I've been living in France for 10 years.
J'ai vécu en France il y a 10 ans. -- I lived in France 10 years ago.

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