hace un rato

hace un rato(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (when the action is completed)
a. a while ago
¿No estabas viendo una película? - Hace un rato que acabó.Weren't you watching a movie? - It finished a while ago.
b. some time ago
¿Pasó ya el cartero? - Sí, hace un rato.Has the postman come yet? - Yes, some time ago.
2. (when the action is not yet completed)
a. for a while now
Hace un rato que espero a Carlota. Si no aparece en cinco minutos, me voy.I've been waiting for Carlota for a while now. If she doesn't turn up in the next five minutes, I'll leave.
b. for some time now
Hace un rato que estoy parado en el tráfico, así que no sé cuándo llegaré.I've been stuck in the traffic for some time now, so I don't know when I'll get there.
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