Quick answer
"Desde cuándo" is a phrase which is often translated as "since when", and "cuánto tiempo hace" is a phrase which is often translated as "how long ago". Learn more about the difference between "desde cuándo" and "cuánto tiempo hace" below.
desde cuándo
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. since when
¿Desde cuándo bailas tango?Since when do you dance tango?
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cuánto tiempo hace
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in direct questions)
a. how long ago
¿Cuánto tiempo hace que compraron el televisor?How long ago did you buy the TV?
b. how long
¿Cuánto tiempo hace que entrenas para los próximos Juegos Olímpicos?How long have you been training for the next Olympic Games?
c. how long is it since
¿Cuánto tiempo hace que no ves a tus padres?How long is it since you last saw your parents?
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Un hombre entró en casa y me golpeó. - ¿Cuánto tiempo hace de eso, mamá?A man came into the house and hit me. - How long ago was that, mom?
¿Cuánto tiempo hace de su última visita al médico?How long is it since you last saw your doctor?
2. (in indirect questions)
a. how long ago
En esa foto estábamos de vacaciones en las Montañas Rocosas. No recuerdo cuánto tiempo hace de eso.That photo was taken while we were on vacation in the Rocky Mountains. I can't remember how long ago that was.
b. how long
Me pregunto cuánto tiempo hace que estoy inconsciente.I wonder how long I've been unconscious.
c. how long it is since
Ya olvidé cuánto tiempo hace que no voy al fútbol.I forgot how long it is since I last went to a football match.
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