How does "Hace días que Laura no viene a visitarnos." fit the pattern?

GailC1Kwiziq community member

How does "Hace días que Laura no viene a visitarnos." fit the pattern?

This was the quiz answer. I would have chosen "Laura no viene a vistarnos desde hace días." but it wasn't an option.
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EC1Kwiziq community member
The problem is in the lesson, not in the quiz question. The lesson doesn't explain the "Hace ... que" structure, which is a common way of expressing this. It's in beta—hopefully they'll improve it!
GailC1Kwiziq community member
Thanks. Will you let me know when the "Hace ... que" structure is added? I find "desde hace" and all its permutations challenging, since they don't match what I would say in English.
AlanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I find it helpful to interpret, for example, "desde hace 5 meses" as meaning "since 5 months ago".  Desde = since, and hace = ago, in this context.  So "for 5 months" equates to "since 5 months ago", which is literally true.

But, "since March" has to be "desde marzo".  "desde hace marzo" makes no sense because it would mean "since March ago"!!

How does "Hace días que Laura no viene a visitarnos." fit the pattern?

This was the quiz answer. I would have chosen "Laura no viene a vistarnos desde hace días." but it wasn't an option.

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