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recién / ya

TaraB1Kwiziq community member

recién / ya

How is recién different from ya?  Are they interchangeable?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Tara

Recién and ya are very similar, but recién is used when something has "just" happened; however, ya doesn't have that nuance. Ya is used to simply say "already", i.e. when something has already happened, but not necessarily "just happened". 

For example:

Carlota ya llegó.

Carlota has already arrived.

Carlota recién llegó.

Carlota has just arrived. 

I hope it clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

SarahB1Kwiziq community member

Recién rarely seems used in Spain. Alternative "Acabo de ver Susan ..." Is this ok? 

SarahB1Kwiziq community member

Recién rarely seems used in Spain. Alternative "Acabo de ver Susan ..." Is this ok? 

recién / ya

How is recién different from ya?  Are they interchangeable?

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