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"Después" is an adverb which is often translated as "after", and "hasta" is a preposition which is often translated as "until". Learn more about the difference between "después" and "hasta" below.
después(
dehs
-
pwehs
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (indicating time)
a. after
Llamé a mis papás justo después de comprometerme.I called my parents just after getting engaged.
b. later
Iré de compras después pero ahora tengo que estudiar.I'll go shopping later but now I have to study.
c. afterwards
¿Podemos ir al parque después? Ahora quiero descansar.Can we go to the park afterwards? I want to rest now.
2. (indicating sequence)
a. then
¿Y después qué pasó?And then what happened?
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hasta(
ahs
-
tah
)
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 limit)
a. until
Me quedo hasta mañana.I'm staying until tomorrow.
b. up to
El comedor tiene capacidad hasta para 20 personas.The dining room can accommodate up to 20 people.
c. down to
La temperatura cayó hasta 5 bajo cero.The temperature dropped down to 5 below zero.
2. (used to indicate destination)
a. to
Te acompañaría hasta los confines del mundo.I'd go with you to the ends of the earth.
b. as far as
Ven conmigo hasta la esquina.Come with me as far as the corner.
3. (before)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. until
Hasta hoy lo sabía.I never knew until today.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (including)
a. even
Todo el mundo lo sabe, hasta mi perro.Everyone knows that, even my dog.
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