Does hasta = to?

GraemeB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Does hasta = to?

Kwiziq question:

Los niños iban juntos ________ la playa.

a and para are correct

hasta is incorrect

I've seen hasta used with desde to mean 'from/to' (trains etc). And I'm sure I've seen hasta used on its own to mean 'to'. Can someone explain why it's incorrect in this case?

Saludos

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Graeme,

hasta is literally "to", but with the nuance of a "limit", so "up to there [not further away]". When we use "a", also meaning "to" what we mean is "in that direction". 

Here for example I would use "hasta":

Vamos a hacer una carrera; tenemos que ir hasta aquel árbol. 

We are doing a race; we have to go to [up to] that tree.

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Does hasta = to?

Kwiziq question:

Los niños iban juntos ________ la playa.

a and para are correct

hasta is incorrect

I've seen hasta used with desde to mean 'from/to' (trains etc). And I'm sure I've seen hasta used on its own to mean 'to'. Can someone explain why it's incorrect in this case?

Saludos

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