Use of the verb “hacer” to mean “travel”

AlejandroC1Kwiziq community member

Use of the verb “hacer” to mean “travel”

I came to this lesson from the quiz question:

Marta y yo ________ 200 km a la semana para ir a trabajar. Marta and I travel 200 km a week to go to work.(HINT: Conjugate "hacer" in El Presente)
Answer was “hacemos”, but I was expecting an explanation on why the verb “hacer” (to make) is applicable to what in English would be “travel”.

Asked 4 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Alejandro

This is because in Spanish we use the verb "hacer" with this meaning of "travelling/walking a specific distance" - it is more colloquial than the more literal "viajar", so you can say for example:

Mi amiga y yo hacemos 5 kilómetros cada mañana para mantenernos en forma. 

My friend and I walk 5 kilometres each morning to keep fit.

Tenemos que hacer unas 100 millas en tren para llegar a York.

We have to travel about 100 miles by train to get to York.

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

MarshaC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The verb hacer also means to do. In English we also use the verb to do for travel. It would translate as Marta and I do 200 km a week to get to work.

Use of the verb “hacer” to mean “travel”

I came to this lesson from the quiz question:

Marta y yo ________ 200 km a la semana para ir a trabajar. Marta and I travel 200 km a week to go to work.(HINT: Conjugate "hacer" in El Presente)
Answer was “hacemos”, but I was expecting an explanation on why the verb “hacer” (to make) is applicable to what in English would be “travel”.

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