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


Kwiziq community member

25 October 2017

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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.

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Using desde (hace) with El Presente instead of El Pretérito Perfecto to express since/for"


Kwiziq community member

30 October 2017


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!


Kwiziq community member

1 November 2017


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.


Kwiziq community member

5 June 2018


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"!!

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