depuis suggests using the present but what about when the sentence describes a condition?

AnnC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

depuis suggests using the present but what about when the sentence describes a condition?

La Dame en Noir hante (why not hantait?) cette maison depuis des siècles.
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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Bonjour Ann,

the times used in a sentence involving "depuis" are different in French than in English. In English you would say "The Lady in Black has been haunting this hause for centuries", and thereby stressing the fact that the haunting has started centuries ago and is still ongoing today. In French with "depuis" you emphasize that it is still ongoing today by using the present tense (there not being an equivalent of the continuous present perfect tense in English).

-- Chris (not a native speaker)
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonjour Ann, If I can reword your question a bit. The following lesson applies to this regarding describing a condition Describing and expressing opinions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense) Depuis could be used in a descriptive narrative along with l'imparfait as part of a descriptive narrative that paints a picture of an ongoing action. Expressing continuing action in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)%252Fsearch%253Fs%253Dimparfait%2526kclfts%253DImparfait I hope this helps.

depuis suggests using the present but what about when the sentence describes a condition?

La Dame en Noir hante (why not hantait?) cette maison depuis des siècles.

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