The verb hacer (to make or to do) is often used along with the preterite or imperfect to create idiomatic expressions of time. In such sentences, hacer is always in the third person singular (él, ellos, usted) form. In the formulas explained in this section, the él form of hacer is followed by an amount of time, the conjunction que and a verb in one of the past tenses. The tense in which hacer is conjugated affects the entire meaning of the sentence and influences whether the imperfect or preterite tense is appropriate for the other verb in the sentence. Hace formulas are used in Spanish to indicate how long something happened, or how long ago something
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