Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday April 12, 2013

ya, adverb:
already

As you can see from the examples above, the word ya (already) is commonly used in Spanish with a verb in the past tense where English uses I have..., you’ve....

Ya se fue.
He’s already left.

¿Ya terminaste?
Have you finished already?

It’s also used in a number of everyday expressions. For example:

ya que
since

Ya lo sé.
I know.

Ya veremos.
We’ll see.

¡Ya está!
That’s it!

¡Ya voy!
I’m coming!


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