Is this usage the same in negative sentences?

JamieB2Kwiziq community member

Is this usage the same in negative sentences?

I want to say "I have not written since December.  Is this the correct way to say that: Je n’écris pas depuis décembre.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jamie, 

Yes indeed, your sentence is correct but it depends what you mean by it .

If you say -

Je n'écris pas depuis décembre 

It means that you haven't been writing since December and it is an ongoing situation.

If you say -

Je n'ai pas écrit depuis décembre 

it implies this might change.

 

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Doesn't that contradict what's said in the lesson below?

Using Le Passé Composé or Le Présent in negative sentences with ''depuis''

JamieB2Kwiziq community member

I think you're right Alan.  I hadn't seen that lesson.  My sentence does use "ne...pas", which according to the lesson you cited requires Passé Composé.  

Is this usage the same in negative sentences?

I want to say "I have not written since December.  Is this the correct way to say that: Je n’écris pas depuis décembre.

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