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"En vez de" is a preposition which is often translated as "instead of", and "se ha" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's". Learn more about the difference between "en vez de" and "se ha" below.
en vez de(
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (general)
a. instead of
¿Por qué no me ayudas en vez de quedarte ahí mirando?Why don't you help me instead of sitting there watching?
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se ha(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. it's
El verano ha sido estupendo, pero se ha pasado rapidísimo.This summer has been great, but it's passed by really fast.
b. it has
El cerrojo se ha atascado. No sé cómo vamos a abrir la puerta.The bolt has got stuck. I don't know how we're going to open the door.
c. she's (feminine)
¿Sabes algo de Rosa? - Sí, se ha divorciado y se ha ido a vivir a Madrid.Have you heard from Rosa? - Yes, she's got divorced and has gone to live in Madrid.
d. she has (feminine)
Mi hermana se ha comprado una casa muy cerca de la mía.My sister has bought a house very close to mine.
e. he's (masculine)
No sé a qué hora llegó anoche, pero se ha pasado el día durmiendo.I don't know what time he arrived last night, but he's been sleeping all day.
f. he has (masculine)
El actor se ha retirado del cine para dedicarse a la política.The actor has retired from movies to go into politics.
g. you've (formal)
Si se ha cansado de su coche viejo, nosotros le damos todo tipo de facilidades para cambiarlo por uno nuevo.If you've gotten tired of your old car, we'll give you every help to change it for a new one.
h. you have (formal)
Señor, se ha olvidado de firmar aquí, y aquí también, por favor.Sir, you have forgotten to sign here, and here too, please.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
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A Candela le ha tocado la lotería y se ha despedido del trabajo.Candela won the lottery and left her job.
Esta mañana se ha quedado dormido y casi no llega a clase.This morning he overslept, and he almost missed his class.
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