Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Thursday March 29, 2007

ahorita, adv:
right now; a moment ago

In many parts of Latin America you are very likely to hear the diminutive ahorita formed by adding -ita to ahora. It has two main meanings:

Ahorita no puedo ir
I can’t go right now

Ahorita mismo le traigo sus tamales
I’ll bring you your tamales right away

Apart from meaning right now, it can also mean a moment ago:

Ahorita salió
She went out a moment ago

Sólo ahorita lo supe
I only found out a moment ago

In parts of Central America, Mexico and Venezuela you will also come across the variant ahoritica.


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