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How do we use “ya” in Spanish? (B1)

“Ya”, which is usually an adverb but sometimes a conjunction, is one of those Spanish words whose meaning depends almost entirely on the context. This word can be very useful or very sarcastic… It means “ahora mismo = now” (especially when describing an anticipated action), “anteriormente = already” (the most common meaning when used with a verb in a past tense and when we express surprise), “todavía = still, any more” (especially when used in the negative),”más tarde = later” (to indicate something will happen in the indefinite future)… We use “ya” to note that a wish has been satisfied; to indicate frustration; to indicate emphasis; to express agreement or incredulity; to call attention to something; to offer reassurance… “Ya” is very useful in our daily conversation.

Following are some examples of “ya” in use:

  • Quiero que te vayas a casa ya = I want you to go home now.
  • Ya se acabó =  It’s all over now.
  • La policía ya había detenido al ladrón en dos ocasiones = The police had already detained the thief on two occasions.
  • Le pagas quince dólares al hombre en efectivo y ya = You pay the guy fifteen dollars in cash, and that’s it.
  • Ya puedo viajar = Now I can travel.
  • No, gracias, ya tengo un perro y no quiero otro = No thanks, I already have a dog and I don’t want another one.
  • ¡Basta ya! = Stop it already!, enough already!, enough!, knock it off!
  • Ya entiendo = I see / I understand
  • ¡Ya lo sé! = I know!
  • Ya no tengo dinero = I don’t have money any more.
  • Ya se pone feo = It’s turning ugly.
  • Ya, pero … = Yes, but …
  • Ya lo he leído = I’ve already read it.
  • El lunes ya lo habré visto = By Monday I will have already seen it.
  • No se puede romper lo que ya está roto = You can’t break what’s already broken.
  • Ya está (ella) aquí = She’s here now.
  • Ya salen = They’re leaving now.
  • ¿Sales ya? = Are you leaving already? Are you leaving now?
  • Lo quiero ya = I want it right now.
  • Tienes que estudiar ya = You need to study right now.
  • Ya no trabaja aquí = He doesn’t work here any more.
  • Ya conseguí el trabajo! = I got the job!
  • ¡Basta ya! = Enough already!
  • ¡Ya está bien! = That’s plenty!
  • ¡Vete ya! = Get out of here already!
  • Él no comió, que ya es decir = He didn’t eat, which is saying something.
  • Ya me gustaría ser inteligente =I’d love to be intelligent.
  • Ya lo haré = I’ll get it done.
  • ¡Ya, ya! = Oh, sure! (irony).
  • Ya, y el Papa es luterano = Sure, and the pope is Lutheran (irony).
  • Ya, pero es difícil = Yes, but it’s difficult.
  • Ya que no está aquí (él), podemos salir =  Since he’s not here, we can leave.
  • Ya aprobarás el examen = You’ll pass the test.
  • Ya, ¡y luego viste un burro volando! = Sure, and pigs might fly! (irony).

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