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An English speaker’s perspective

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Hace + time

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Hacer has a multitude of meanings. When tied together with time, such as, hace tres años, it means since or ago.

I must have missed this lesson in school because I don’t ever remember learning any rules for how hacer is used in this way. It is something you hear often though. It does not take long to learn how to use it.

English speakers want to put the “ago” at the end of the sentence, so you will hear them say things like “tres años atrás.” You just have to remember to stick the word hace at the start of your sentence and it flows much better.


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