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"Up to now" is a phrase which is often translated as "hasta ahora", and "by now" is a phrase which is often translated as "ya". Learn more about the difference between "up to now" and "by now" below.
up to now(
uhp
 
tu
 
nau
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. hasta ahora
We have caught two fish up to now.Hasta ahora hemos sacado dos pescados.
b. hasta el momento
Up to now, I've visited 23 countries.Hasta el momento, he viajado por 23 países.
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by now(
bay
 
nau
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. ya
He should be here by now.Ya debería estar aquí.
b. a estas alturas
You should have graduated by now.A estas alturas, deberías haberte recibido.
c. a estas horas
He probably knows by now that he can't fire judges he disagrees with.Probablemente sabe a estas horas que no puede despedir a los jueces con los que no está de acuerdo.
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