Martin n'est pas arrivé depuis longtemps


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20 December 2015

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Martin n'est pas arrivé depuis longtemps

A negative completed in the past, would that not be (in English) "had" instead of "have"?? Because "has not" sounds uncompleted

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


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21 December 2015


Bonjou Robert, The passé composé can indicate that something happened in the past (Il est arrivé à 8 heures) or that it happened in the past but still has an effect on the present, as in your example. By saying "he hasn't been here," it's clear that he is still here. If you say "hadn't" that would mean that he's no longer here.

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