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"By the way" is a phrase which is often translated as "a propósito", and "by now" is a phrase which is often translated as "ya". Learn more about the difference between "by the way" and "by now" below.
by the way(
bay
 
thuh
 
wey
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. a propósito
By the way, do you have any plans for this evening?A propósito, ¿tienes planes para esta noche?
b. por cierto
I have to leave at noon, by the way.Me tengo que ir a mediodía, por cierto.
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by now(
bay
 
nau
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. ya
He should be here by now.Ya debería estar aquí.
b. a estas alturas
You should have graduated by now.A estas alturas, deberías haberte recibido.
c. a estas horas
He probably knows by now that he can't fire judges he disagrees with.Probablemente sabe a estas horas que no puede despedir a los jueces con los que no está de acuerdo.
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