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When I first learned the word dès, I don’t know why, but I got really excited! I know, it sounds like a very strange thing to get excited about, but there you go. That’s me. Anyway, here you will find some tips about how to use: dès and depuis.


I would translate this to: as soon as. Un point de départ instantané is the way it’s described in French. Here are some examples:

  • Je travaille dès l’aube.
  • Envoie-moi un message dès que tu arrives.
  • J’ai appelé ma mère dès mon arrivée en France.
  • Les automobilistes ralentissent dès qu’ils voient un radar.
  • Met ta ceinture dès que tu rentres dans la voiture.


This is roughly translated to since, in English. However, beware, it doesn’t always translate perfectly. In French, this is described as: un point de départ + une durée.

  • Je travaille depuis 12 heures, he suis K.O. !
  • Ils t’attendent depuis 17h.
  • J’ai mal depuis que je suis tombée.
  • Tu as meilleure mine depuis que tu as commencé tes cours de Yoga.
  • Elle joue du piano depuis qu’elle a 3 ans.

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