13.10.3 depuis - to be substituted with quand

Let's make a short excursion back to the conjunctions. This is because there are cases, when depuis can be substituted with quand.

Case 1:
Coincidence of two actions. Also quand can be used.

  Example
Dès qu' il a appris qu'il était la cible, il a mis sa famille hors de danger.
  Quand il a appris qu' il était la cible, il a mis sa famille hors de danger.
  In the moment that he understood that he was the aim, he brought his family out of the danger.

Case 2: The starting point is important and the action is lasting a certain length of time. Here quand cannot be used.

  Example
Dès qu' elle a appris que les bottes avaient été dérobées, elle a utilisé ses pouvoirs pour retrouver les voleurs.
  As soon as she had noticed that the boots were stolen, she used her power to find them back.






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