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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (used to indicate duration)
a. a long time ago
Gracia y Luis se conocieron hace mucho en un crucero por el Caribe.Gracia and Luis met a long time ago on a Caribbean cruise.
b. long time ago
Hace mucho, vivía un príncipe en un castillo...Long time ago there was a prince who lived in a castle ...
c. long ago
Aquí nevó no hace mucho.It snowed here not long ago.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Hace mucho que no veo a Clara.I haven't seen Clara in a long time.
Hace mucho que no como cordero.It's been a long time since I last had lamb.
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