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When exactly we should use depuis with present?

Jayani

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2015

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Laura

Kwiziq language super star

6 November 2015

6/11/15

Bonjour Jayani,

You use "depuis* with the present tense when you're talking about something that started in the past and continues in the present.

For example,

J'habite ici depuis 5 ans - I've lived here for 5 years.

Je travaille depuis ce matin. - I've been working since this morning.

Kurien

Kwiziq community member

8 November 2017

8/11/17

I feel that
J'habite ici depuis 5 ans
translates to
I have been living here for (the past) 5 years
rather than
I've lived here for 5 years.
See
https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/71092-quot-I-ve-been-living-quot-vs-quot-I-ve-lived-quot
https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/84898/have-lived-vs-have-been-living

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