How to say "ago" in Spanish
In Spanish, to say ago we use the invariable word "hace". It is generally used with El Pretérito Indefinido.
Have a look at the following examples:
Notice how after hace there is always a time frame expressing a length of time, e.g dos meses, un año, una década..., not a specific date. Combining hace with a specific date is incorrect:
Bear in mind that if the action happened very recently, i.e a few minutes ago, we tend to use El Pretérito Perfecto instead in Español peninsular.
He visto a tu novio hace un segundo.
I saw your boyfriend a second ago.
- Using desde (hace) with the present instead of the perfect tense to express since/for
- When to use the perfect tense versus the simple past (Perfecto vs Indefinido)
- Use Hace + length of time + que + the preterite tense in Spanish to say how long ago something happened
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