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When does "hasta" mean "even"?

Today I had to translate "Hasta los niños hablan." to English. "Hasta" means "even", "until", "to" or "up to", so I wrote "Until the boys speak", but my answer was not accepted, I should have put "Even the boys speak". Why does "until" not work here?

May 21, 2012



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"Hasta los niños hablan" is being used as an adverb (hasta meaning even).

Since "hasta" has different meanings depending on which part of speech it is being used as (adverb, preposition etc) I would recommend having a quick look at it in a good dictionary to become more familiar with its uses to save future confusion.

To say "until the boys speak" would be something like "Hasta que los niños hablen". (This format uses Hasta + Que + Subjunctive).

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