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Hacer Time Expressions in Spanish

How Do You Use Hacer Time Expressions in Spanish?

Time expressions with "hacer"
Learn how to use hacer time expressions in Spanish.

 Note: The verb “hacer” can be used in a number of ways to indicate the length of time an action has been taking place. The first way uses the formula:

Hace + time + que + Present tense form of the verb

e.g.

Hace tiempo que no te veo – Long time no see you

Hace cuatro años que visitamos a Marta – Four years ago we visited Marta


Note: To make this type of expression negative, just add the word “no” before the verb, as in the following formula:

Hace + time + que + no +
Present tense form of the verb

e.g.

Hace cuatro años que no visitamos a Marta – Four years ago we did not visit Marta


– Another way to use the verb “hacer” to express how long something has been taking place is to use the following formula:

Present tense form of the verb + desde hace + time.

e.g.

Te veo desde hace un tiempo. – I have seen you for a while now

Visitamos a Marta desde hace cuatro años. – We visited Marta four years ago

 

Note: To make this type of expression negative, again simply add the word “no” before the verb, as in the following formula:

No + Present tense form of the verb + desde hace + time

e.g.

No te veo desde hace un tiempo. – I have not seen you for a while

No visitamos a Marta desde hace cuatro años.We have not visited Marta for four years

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