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Ya: That's it, enough already!

... y ya

"... and that's it"


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In Spanish, ya is an adverb that packs a lot of meanings. It most commonly means "already" and "now." In informal, everyday speech, it's best understood in the context. For example, in a busy café, a waiter might ask you and your friend:

¿Ya pidieron?

"Did you all order
already?"



No, no tenemos la carta todavía

"No, we don't have the menu yet"



Ya se la traigo

"I'll bring it to you now"

Note that fellow adverb todavía means "yet" or "still" But getting back to ya, here are two phrases you're sure to come across often:

Ya es la hora = "It's time [already/now ]."

Ya está = "It's here [already/now]."




Our interview subject ends the interview with a shrug and a "y ya," which is her way of telling us "enough already," or "that's it."

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