Marysunshine said:How would you say "There has been..." in french?
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Most times,How would you say "There has been..." in french?
kens said:So for example the sentence "There has been much debate over the years about use of the present perfect" would be translated with imparfait, not passé composé.
is translated by 'depuis longtemps il y a un débat important, depuis longtemps maintenant le débat fait rage' etc..There has been for some time now much debate as to...
There has been for some time now much debate as to... [blah blah blah].
And I am sorry to say that it "il y a eu" would not fit here, because the sentence implies there is still ongoing debate. So here you'd have to use the present tense in French:
Depuis un certain temps il y a beaucoup de débats sur... [bla bla bla].
Depuis un certain temps on débat beaucoup sur... [bla bla bla].