Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday July 20, 2011
a while, a time
Rato is a terrifically useful word which is used in many different phrases to do with time. Today we’ll look at two of them.
Hace un rato means a while ago, or some time ago.
Se fue hace un rato
He left a while or some time ago
Como decía usted hace un rato
As you were saying a few minutes ago
The phrase para rato means ‘for a good while yet’ and can be translated in various ways:
Tenemos para rato: el avión está atrasado
We’ll be here for a good while yet: the airplane’s been delayed
Con este gobierno hay espectáculo para rato
With this government there will be entertainment for some time to come
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