What is the difference in these two tenses?

What is the difference in these two tenses?

If I say "I have been living in Paris for 4 years" is it correct to say either:

#1 J'habite à Paris depuis quatre ans or  #2 J'ai été habiter à Paris quatre ans.



Asked 4 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi E.S.,

It depends on the situation -

If you have been living in Paris for four years and it is still going on, you will use the present tense + depuis:

J'habite Paris depuis 4 ans.

If however, you don't live there anymore but you lived there for four years you will use the perfect tense + pendant and say :

J'ai habité Paris pendant 4 ans.

Take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson for more examples -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/expressing-for-duration-with-either-pendant-durant-depuis-or-pour

Hope this helps!

What is the difference in these two tenses?

If I say "I have been living in Paris for 4 years" is it correct to say either:

#1 J'habite à Paris depuis quatre ans or  #2 J'ai été habiter à Paris quatre ans.



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