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Hacer | Time Expressions

How Do You Use Hacer?

Time expressions with "hacer"

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 + timeque + 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 + timeque 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 verbdesde 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 verbdesde 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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