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"Desde hace" is a phrase which is often translated as "for", and "desde" is a preposition which is often translated as "from". Learn more about the difference between "desde hace" and "desde" below.
desde hace(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (from a definite point in time)
a. for
Lo conozco desde hace más de 8 años.I have known him for more than 8 years.
2. (in a stretch of time)
a. in
Esta es la peor tormenta desde hace 150 años.This has been the worst storm in 150 years.
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desde(
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deh
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate origin)
a. from
Esa foto se tomó desde mi casa.That picture was taken from my house.
2. (used to indicate time)
a. since
No nos habíamos visto desde la última reunión de clase.We hadn't seen each other since the last class reunion.
b. from
Desde hoy en adelante ya no fumo.From now on I will no longer smoke.
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