Depuis with the present tense

Depuis is used with the present tense to say how long something has been happening. For example:

  • j'apprends le français depuis cinq ans - I've been learning French for five years
  • j'habite en Angleterre depuis 2005 - I've been living in England since 2005

It is also used to imply something is still going on, eg:

  • j’attends le train depuis une heure - I’ve been waiting for the train for an hour (and still am waiting)
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