I already reported it, but when I scrolled over the dictionary hints, “Hace mucho” was translated as “Long ago”, without any indication of what it meant in the sentence. I already knew what the sentence meant, and got it correct, but seeing dictionary hints like this worries me. Any thoughts?
I get you. I understand learning by some trial and error and through the community, but sometimes I think a bit more guidance (or perhaps less in this case) would at times be more useful. Maybe even some kind of hint that tells you that certain phrases aren't used in certain situations and an explanation why.
I got it right too, but I had to ignore what my brain was telling me initially.
The hints are like a general dictionary for each word. The suggestions may or may not be accurate, depending on the context of the question. The drop-down hints are trying to jog your memory so that you can recall the correct translation. They're not designed to give you the answer.
Hace mucho, by itself, means "a long time ago" and hace mucho que... means "it's been a long time since..." This is because the word "tiempo" is commonly omitted in speech and writing. So as a general rule, if mucho doesn't appear to modify a noun, it is refering to time. In this case though, mucho is clearly modifying calor. I suppose you could also say, "Hace poco" to mean "not long ago," but I'm not sure I've ever heard that said.
calor=heat not 'hot'... that would be 'hoy es muy caliente' in theory except its not said. I still don't fully understand but this is what is said but its right.. 'It makes heat' would be literal, and 'tengo calor' as i'm hot. es caliente refers to more tangible things, but weather is quite an abstract thing that must have subtly different meanings.
The heat that is generated by the sun is not a theoretical thing but is a physical reality. (El calor generado por el sol no es una cosa teórica, sino que es una realidad física.) Thus, the sentence may be a reference to the sun's production of heat. (Por lo tanto, la oración puede ser una referencia a la producción del sol de calor.)