"Ya veremos."

Translation:We will see.

December 26, 2012



I'm not sure I understand what role 'Ya' plays in this sentence. The previous usage and dictionary definition was 'already' as in "We will see already", which doesn't make a whole lot of sense in English and is marked as incorrect. Can someone explain?

December 26, 2012


"Ya" can also signal that something will happen in the future. For example "Ya hablaremos" means "We will talk".

December 26, 2012


Thank you Luis. Is it always necessary to include "ya" or like pronouns can it be omitted since the tense is indicated by the conjugation?

December 26, 2012


It can be said without "ya", but it's more common to say "ya veremos".

December 26, 2012


Thanks Luis. I was wondering if it implied annoyance, as in "enough already!" Now I can sound more idiomatic when I sheepishly try my sentences on my Spanish speaking friends!

January 22, 2014


Can "ahora" be used here as well or is "ya" better for future tense?

November 29, 2014


If you use "ahora" you are saying that you are going to talk right now. In Spain we sometimes use "ahora hablamos" like "ya hablaremos" because the last one can mean that you are a bit angry.

May 7, 2016


What is the characteristic of the sentence that tells us whether we should use ya or omit it; veremos is often used without ya to mean very a very similar thing and I'm not sure I would know when to include ya.

February 13, 2014


I wonder if it is similar to "We will yet see" in English, which could be used in a situation like "Just wait, we will yet see the truth come out".

March 28, 2019


In other words, ya adds emphasis to the future tense?

February 28, 2019


"Ya" has many different meanings depending on context, and also plays a role in several idiomatic expressions (like this one). Unfortunately you just have to memorize the idioms, but the usage of "ya" roughly breaks down like this:

When used in affirmative present tense sentences, "ya" most often means "already" or "now/right now" as in: - Juan ya tiene 3 años (Juan is 3 years old now) - Ya son las cinco (It is already 5 o'clock)

When used in negative present tense sentences, it most often means "any longer" or "anymore" as in: - Susana ya no vive en Barcelona (Susana doesn't live in Barcelona anymore)

When used in the past, it most often means "already" as in: - Ya has comido? (Have you eaten already?)

When used in the future, it doesn't translate word-for-word but is used to imply that something will be done "eventually" or "later": - Ya veremos (We will see (eventually) ) <-- the current example - Ya estudiaré (I will study (later) )

Source: Cynthia Smith-Duran (native speaker from LightSpeed Spanish Youtube channel)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC-0kryVh-g

November 5, 2016


This is a thorough but clear answer.
Hopefully it will rise to the top, as it is clearly superior to the other explanations.


July 17, 2018


Unfortunately, good answers don't rise to the top

February 28, 2019


All I know is "Ya" is quite flexible. I wonder if "Now we will see" would be marked correct. It is also used informally as "Ready?" There is a waitress here who asks "Ya?" to see if I'm done with my plate. :)

December 26, 2012


correct = now we will se

May 12, 2013


We will now see = now we will see was marked incorrect

March 14, 2014


In Portuguese the equivalent (Já) can be used for immediate future, meaning that it won't take long before the action happens, i suppose it has the same meaning in Spanish, indicating near future

February 7, 2015


Ya marks a point in the present from hence something will occur.

March 25, 2016


In fact it has a lot of different uses. For instance it can be translated as "go" or "now" in case you say something like "Preparados, listos, ¡ya!" (Ready, steady, go) or if you say "Para ya" (Stop now) etc

December 27, 2012


Another example: "Abierto ya" (Now open) when advertising a new business. Yes, many different uses...

March 18, 2014


That's another example though where you can translate 'ya' as already and it still makes sense. As in 'Already open', (We're already open, come and see us).

Same for 'Para ya', as in 'Stop already'.

I wonder if 'ya' when used with the future tense implies a certainty on the part of an individual that something will happen? That would seem to fit with it's other uses.

November 17, 2014


Dictionaries have a section on using ya in future tense phrases, and it usually means soon - so it works in the "not long" sense of "see you soon", but also "we'll soon see" which is more about emphasis, expecting that something will happen

December 15, 2017


Here, "ya" equates to a usage of our "yet" that is a bit on the rare side. "Crees que no te voy a ganar? Ya verás" "Think I won't beat you? You'll see yet!"

March 30, 2015


I heard bebemos not veremos .........was I the only one?

February 9, 2016


I misheard this as "Ya bebemos", and was marked wrong. I am okay with it, but wonder if "Ya bebemos" is in fact a correct sentence of its own, which I would translate as, "We already are drinking." Can anyone tell me if I am right in this thinking? Thank you for your assistance.

August 24, 2016


I've heard something like this in the movies, those which feature conversations between New Yorkers whose heritage is eastern Europe: "So, we'll talk already!" or "So we'll look into it already". There are equivalents to this kind of idiom in lots of languages. How about English: "OK, we'll see." or "Yeah, we'll see".

I think that the "Ya" is a quasi-polite way of say, "Enough!" or "Enough already!", i.e., "The conservation is over."

February 28, 2017
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