Quick answer
"Desde que" is a conjunction which is often translated as "since", and "ya que" is a phrase which is also often translated as "since". Learn more about the difference between "desde que" and "ya que" below.
desde que(
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (general)
a. since
No lo he vuelto a ver desde que cambió de trabajo.I haven't seen him since he changed jobs.
b. ever since
Desde que Sarita aprendió a coser, ha hecho toda la ropa de sus hijos.Ever since Sarita learned how to sew, she has made all of her children's clothes.
c. from the moment
No para de llorar desde que se levanta hasta que se acuesta.He doesn't stop crying from the moment he gets up to the moment he goes to bed.
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ya que(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (because)
a. since
Ya que no funciona el horno, tendremos que preparar la cena en la estufa.Since the oven doesn't work, we'll have to cook dinner on the stove.
b. seeing as
Ya que solo nos quedan cinco minutos, comenzaré mi conclusión.Seeing as we only have five minutes left, I will begin my conclusion.
c. given that
La gente se lo creerá, ya que es verdad.People will believe it, given that it's true.
2. (on account of)
a. now that
Ya que lo mencionas, debo revisar mi correo electrónico.Now that you mention it, I should check my email.
b. as
Ya que terminaste tan pronto, échame una mano.As you've finished so quickly, give me a hand.
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