Depuis Meaning

What is the meaning of depuis in French?

depuisIn this lesson you will learn how to say since or for in French. The word for this is “depuis”. This is a follow-up lesson to another one we just about the word ago (il y a).

First watch this movie then read through the example sentences below.

Rules to learn:

  1. When followed by a period of time depuis indicates the duration of an action and means “has been + verb’ing for”.
  2. When followed by an event or point of time it indicates since or have + verb’-ed + since/for

For now don’t get too caught up in the details. By reading these sentences you’ll start to get the idea:

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Example sentences

Situation 1: Followed by a time duration

  • J’apprends le Français depuis trente ans.
    I have been learning French for thirty years.
  • Elle ne fume pas depuis deux mois.
    He has not been smoking for two months.
  • Il habite au Canada depuis six mois.
    He has been living in Canada for six months.
  • Je fais régime depuis trois mois.
    I have been dieting for three months.

Situation 2: Followed by a point in time

  • Je suis heureux depuis mon arrivée
    I have been happy since I arrived.
  • Elle travaille dans la même société depuis novembre.
    She has worked in the same company since November.
  • Tu joues au tennis depuis ton cinqième anniversaire.
    You have played tennis since your third birthday.
  • J’habite dans le même endroit depuis janvier, 2010.
    I have lived in the same place since January, 2010.
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