…depuis que j'ai 6 ans. :tick:
I'd like to know how to say "since....they have been destroying the earth"
ie. "Depuis la revolution industrielle, les effets de la rechauffement global [have been destroying] la terre lentement"
I'm not sure if I need to use the pluperfect tense 'les effets avaient été détruire'
or the subjunctive..?? My french is really bad sorry, any advice would be much appreciated.
My bad *les effets de rechauffement global
Hello ouiouioui and welcome!
With "depuis", an action that started in the past and continues in the present uses the present: "Depuis la révolution industrielle, les effets du réchauffement global détruisent lentement la Terre."
No need to apologize, it's good that you're learning and making an effort!
Just a suggestion: we generally say "réchauffement planétaire" inatead of "rechauffement global" but it makes sens anyway
i am a little bit struggling on this sentence. 'I have been reading them since i was little.' ('them' is a collection of books)
this is my attempt: Je lisais ça quand j'a été petite.
or it should be : Je lis ça depuis ....?
Yes, you should use the present tense in French. When you say "I have been reading them..." it means that you still continue to read those books now, and so you need the present to talk about that in French. :)
The normal direct object pronoun for "them" (3rd person plural) is les, and it goes before the verb:
Je les lis...
And for the second half of your sentence, you have several options: ...depuis toute petite, depuis l'âge de 7 ans, depuis mon enfance, depuis que je suis petite, etc. (Feminine agreement, because you're a girl.)
I won't say that the passé composé is wrong, but it is less frequent... because being little wasn't a one-time event.