Wrong translation

SeelpaA2Kwiziq community member

Wrong translation

I have studied in Toulouse for two years means it happened in the past. Means I am no longer studying in Toulouse.

 J'ai étudié à Toulouse pendant deux mois. Then why is it wrong. Please explain. 

Asked 2 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

A very interesting discussion indeed!

I definitely agree with Maarten in that "I have [done]" and "I've been [doing]" are often equivalent in the context of "depuis", i.e. an action started in the past but still ongoing, and I also agree with Alan that in some cases, such as with "study", one option will be less ambiguous than the other :)

I therefore decided to update this specific question to "have been studying" to remove any ambiguity.

Merci à tous et bonne journée !

ChuotA1Kwiziq community member

I think that " I've studied in Toulouse for two years" means that i have studied in Toulouse since 2 years ago and i still study in Toulouse. So i think j'étudie à Toulouse pendant deux mois

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

"I have lived (somewhere) ..." means "I am still living (somewhere)..." unless qualified to confirm it has finished. In French, as per the lesson "I have lived (and continue to do so)" is indistinguishable from "I have been living (and continue to do so) ". This calls for the use of 'depuis' and the present tense.

Your sentence translates to "I studied in Toulouse for 2 (months)". (I think you meant deux ans, but the grammar point doesn't change)

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I agree that "I have lived" means "I have been living", but for some reason I don't find "I have studied" acceptable as a substitute for "I have been studying". 

Wrong translation

I have studied in Toulouse for two years means it happened in the past. Means I am no longer studying in Toulouse.

 J'ai étudié à Toulouse pendant deux mois. Then why is it wrong. Please explain. 

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