Depuis, Pendant, Pour
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Depuis means "since" or "for."
- It is used with a French verb in the present tense to talk about an action that began in the past and continues in the
How long have you studied French?
Depuis quand étudiez-vous le français ?
I've studied French for 3 years (and still do).
J'étudie le français depuis 3 ans.
I've been studying French since 2009.
J'étudie le français depuis 2009.
can also indicate something that was occurring in the past when it was interrupted by some other action.
How long had you been sleeping when I arrived?
Depuis combien de temps dormais-tu quand je suis arrivé ?
He'd been living in France for two years when I saw him.
Il vivait en France depuis 2 ans quand je l'ai vu.
- means "for" and refers to the entire duration of an
- action in the past or future, with no relation to the present.
How long did you study French?
Pendant combien de temps avez-vous étudié le français ?
I studied French for 3 years (and then stopped).
J'ai étudié le français pendant 3 ans.
I'm going to live in France for 2 months.
Je vais habiter en France pendant 2 mois.
I saw a film during my stay.
J'ai vu un film pendant mon séjour.
During this time, he waited for me.
Pendant ce temps, il m'attendait.
What would you like to do?
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