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Raciel Hernández
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How to say TO DO in Spanish: verb HACER
To make or to do in Spanish are translated as HACER:
 
Rosa hizo café para sus invitados (Rose made coffee for her guests).
¿Qué has hecho hoy? (What have you been doing today?)
 
As you can notice in the examples above it is quite an irregular verb. Let see HACER conjugation:
Spanish verb HACER conjugation
The verb hacer conjugation is not quite simple since several tenses are irregular.
 
HACER: to MAKE and to DO in Spanish and much more
 
As we have said, HACER means TO MAKE and TO DO in Spanish but, as you can see in the examples below, it is also used in many expressions. We are going to see most of them.
 
1.        In weather phrases:
Hoy hace calor, pero no hace viento (Today’s it’s hot, but not windy).
No hizo sol en vacaciones (It wasn’t sunny on holiday).
 
Va a hacer frío mañana, según la radio (It will be cold tomorrow).
 
2. In the expression hace falta “it is necessary”:
Hace falta trabajar para ganar dinero(It is necessary to work to earn some money).
No hace falta decirlo (It is not necessary to tell it).
No nos hizo falta nada (We didn’t need anything).
 
3. In time expression to mean “for” where the verb is in the present tense rather than in the perfect tense as in English:
Hace un mes que Carmen trabaja en una tienda/Carmen trabaja en una tienda desde hace un mes (Carmen has been working in a shop for a month).
Hace tres años que no voy de vacaciones/No voy de vacaciones desde hace tres años (I haven’t been on holidays for three years).

4. In time expression to mean “ago”:
Hace un año fuimos a San Sebastián (We went to San Sebastian a year ago).
Hace una semana terminé el curse (I finished my course a week ago).
Be careful! It is very easy to mistake HACER (to do or to make) with HABER (to have auxiliary).
 
May 31, 2020 9:15 PM
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Rosa hizo café para sus invitados (Rose made coffee for her guests).
¿Qué has hecho hoy? (What have you been doing today?)

¿Qué has hecho hoy? = What have you done today?

What have you been doing today? = Que has estado haciendo hoy?

I'm still a beginner and I wanted to know whether I'm right or not with the definiton of these 2 sentences

Thank you so much, Mr. Hernández
May 31, 2020
Raciel Hernández
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