When describing past events with depuis, can you substitute Present Indicative for Imperfect?

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CrystalMaiden

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3 May 2018

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When describing past events with depuis, can you substitute Present Indicative for Imperfect?

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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 May 2018

3/05/18

Bonjour CrystalMaiden !

Could you give me a specific case ?

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

6 May 2018

6/05/18

" Par ce moment en sa vie, il était sans foyer depuis cinq journées. "

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 June 2018

13/06/18

Yes, in cases where the enunciation time is in the past, you will indeed use L'Imparfait instead of Le Présent.

However, your sentence here is not quite right: you cannot use "à cette époque de sa vie", and then talk about something that started before (depuis cinq jours).

You would use either say : 

Il était sans domicile depuis cinq jours.
OR
À cette époque de sa vie, il était sans domicile. 

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

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