Combining venir de

Combining venir de - Il part tout l'heure . (He's leaving...

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Combining  venir de  (to [have] just) with an infinitive shows that the subject has just done something:  Je viens de manger . (I just ate.) Keep in mind that when two verbs are used in succession, the first  verb is conjugated and the second verb remains in the infinitive:  Je veux sortir . (I want to go out.)  Finally, use the present tense idiomatically as follows: Use it instead of the future to ask for instructions or to discuss an action that  will happen in the near future:   Je sors ? (Shall I go out?) 
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Unformatted text preview: Il part tout l'heure . (He's leaving soon.) To express an event that began in the past and is continuing in the present, use the following formula: present tense + depuis + expression of time Je souffre depuis hier . (I've been suffering since yesterday.) The construction il y a + expression of time + que + present tense also expresses an action begun in the past and continuing in the present: Il y a six ans qu'elle danse . (She's been dancing for six years.)...
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