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How to use HACE and DESDE HACE in Spanish

Updated: Jun 27

Talking about the past in Spanish. How to organize your speech correctly?


Dog guessing the correct use of HACE and DESDE HACE in Spanish

In Spanish, when talking about the past, we have different options for different things that we want to actually communicate. I’ll give you an answer to your question (plus… some extra combinations).


Let’s see how it works and when to use what…


HACE > “ago”

  • HACE dos años, compré este coche

  • Two years AGO, I bought this car


DESDE HACE > “for”

  • Tengo este coche DESDE HACE dos años

  • I have this car FOR two years


HACE + Time + QUE > “for”

This is the same as “Desde hace”:

  • HACE dos años QUE tengo este coche

  • I have this car FOR two years


POR / DURANTE > “for / during”

Here the emphasis is NOT on the Past, but on the period of time itself, “regardless” of when it has started:

  • Tendré este coche POR / DURANTE dos años

  • I will have this car FOR two years


DESDE > “since”

  • Tengo este coche DESDE el 2022

  • I have this car SINCE 2022


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