Quick answer
"Desde hace" is a phrase which is often translated as "for", and "tiempo" is a noun which is often translated as "time". Learn more about the difference between "desde hace" and "tiempo" below.
desde hace(
dehs
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deh
 
ah
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seh
)
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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tiempo(
tyehm
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poh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (duration)
a. time
Me tomó bastante tiempo resolver el problema.It took me quite a lot of time to solve the problem.
2. (climate)
a. weather
¿Qué tiempo hace en tu país?What's the weather like in your country?
3. (period)
a. moment
La comida estará lista en poco tiempo.The food will be ready in a moment.
4. (era)
a. day
En aquellos tiempos, se jugaba afuera el día entero.In those days, you'd play outdoors all day long.
5. (sports)
a. half
El jugador metió un gol en el segundo tiempo.The player scored a goal in the second half.
6. (music)
a. tempo
Se puede medir el tiempo de una canción.You can measure the tempo of a song.
7. (linguistics)
a. tense
El tiempo pasado indica que la acción se realizó en el pasado.The past tense indicates that an action is in the past.
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