Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Monday September 23, 2013

llevar, verb:
to be

Llevar is very commonly used to refer to how long you have been somewhere:

Llevo sólo unos días aquí, y aún no me he acostumbrado.
I’ve only been here a few days and I haven’t got used to it yet.

¿Cuánto tiempo llevas en Bogotá?
How long have you been in Bogotá?

Used with a form ending in -ndo after it (the gerund), it refers to how long you have been doing something:

Llevo tres horas esperándote.
I’ve been waiting for you for (the last) three hours.

Llevaba ya varios meses trabajando en la empresa.
He had already been working with the company for quite a few months.

This construction is an alternative to e.g. Hace tres horas que te espero and Te espero desde hace tres horas.

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