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Is it correct that the imperfect is not used with "depuis"?

Nancy

Kwiziq community member

26 October 2016

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Is it correct that the imperfect is not used with "depuis"?

This relates to:
Using 'depuis' (since / for) with Le Présent and NOT Le Passé Composé (prepositions of time) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 November 2016

4/11/16

Bonjour Nancy !

No, you can use L'Imparfait with depuis, just not in the same cases as explained in this lesson.
You will use L'Imparfait when talking about an event that WAS/HAD BEEN HAPPENING in the past. Usually in the context of a story:
"Elle dormait depuis dix minutes lorsque soudain elle fut (Passé Simple) réveillée par un bruit."
(She was/had been sleeping for ten minutes when she was suddenly woken up by a noise.)

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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