There are 2 main translations of ya in English:

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Both the simple past ya terminé and the present perfect , ya he terminado are used to refer to the recent indefinite past. The former is the preferred form in Latin America, while in Spain there is a tendency to use the latter.
  • 1 1.1 (en frases afirmativas o interrogativas) See examples: ¿ya te has gastado todo el dinero que te di?
    have you spent all the money I gave you already?
    ya terminé
    I've (already) finished
    ya te dije que no
    I've already said no
    I already said no
    ¿ya ha llegado Ernesto?
    has Ernesto arrived yet?
    did Ernesto arrive yet?
    (inglés norteamericano)
    a las nueve ya estaban durmiendo
    by nine o'clock they were already asleep
    ¿ya estás molestando a tu hermana otra vez?
    are you bothering your sister again?
    ya lo sé, me lo dijo Sonia
    I (already) know, Sonia told me
    luego aprietas este botón ¡y ya está!
    then you press this button, and that's it! o that's that! o there you are!
    le teníamos tanta fe y ya ves, nos ha defraudado
    we had such faith in him and look what happened, he's let us down
    1.2 (expresando que se ha comprendido)
    [familiar]
    tú le dices que venga — ya, pero ¿si no quiere?
    you tell her to come — yes, but what if she doesn't want to?
    me he pasado el día estudiando — ¡ya, ya! [irónico]
    I spent the whole day studying — oh sure!
    [ironic]
    1.3 (buscando acuerdo) See examples: te vas a portar bien ¿ya?
    you're going to be a good boy, okay? o (inglés británico) aren't you?
  • 2 2.1 (en frases negativas)
    any more
    no longer
    ya no trabaja aquí
    he doesn't work here any more
    he no longer works here
    ese estilo de zapatos ya no se lleva
    nobody wears shoes like that any more
    ya ni siquiera me escribe
    he doesn't even write (to) me any more
    he no longer even writes (to) me
    estaba muy segura pero ya no sé qué pensar
    I was very sure about it, but now I don't know what to think
    son las once, yo creo que ya no vienen
    it's eleven o'clock, I don't think they'll come now
    si perdemos este tren ya no llegamos
    if we miss this train we won't get there in time
    2.2no ya … sino
    not (just) … but
    estamos hablando no ya de cambios sino de una total reestructuración
    we are not (just) talking about changes but about a total restructuring
  • 3 (enseguida, ahora) ¡Pilar! — ¡ya voy!
    Pilar! — coming!
    ¿le falta mucho a la comida? — no, ya va a estar
    will lunch be long? — no, it's almost ready
    preparados or prontos or en sus marcas, listos ¡ya!
    on your mark(s), get set, go!
    ya puedes ir despidiéndote de ese dinero
    you can kiss that money goodbye
    este fin de semana no sales, así que ya puedes ir haciéndote a la idea
    you're not going out this weekend, so you'd better start getting used to the idea
    desde ya te digo que lo veo muy difícil (especialmente América Latina)
    I can tell you right now I think it's going to be pretty difficult
    ya mismo (especialmente América Latina)
    (inglés británico)
  • 4 (expresando promesa, esperanza, amenaza) See examples: ya te contaré cuando nos veamos
    I'll tell you all about it next time we meet
    ya lo entenderás cuando seas mayor
    you'll understand one day, when you're older
  • 5 (en comparaciones) See examples: este es precioso, este ya no me gusta tanto
    this one is beautiful, but I don't like this one so much
    pintado de blanco ya es otra cosa
    it really does look much better painted white
  • 6 (uso enfático) See examples: ¡ya quisiera yo!
    I should be so lucky!
    chance would be a fine thing!
    (inglés británico)
    ¡ya era hora!
    about time (too)!
    ya es hora de que empieces a buscar trabajo
    it's (about) time you started to look for a job
    ¡ya me tienes harta con tus quejas!
    I'm just about fed up with your complaining all the time!
    ¿te parece que allí se vive mejor? — ¡ya lo creo!
    do you think people live better there? — you bet!
    [familiar]
    ya me dirás or contarás qué hacía él en un sitio así
    what on earth he was doing in a place like that, I don't know
    [familiar]
  • 7ya que ya que estás aquí
    since o as you're here
    ya que estoy, lo limpio por dentro también
    while I'm at it I may as well clean the inside too
Example sentences
  • Pasaron las elecciones, yo dije ya va venir él, ya va venir.
  • El secreto es no dejar que madure, porque ya no alimenta tanto.
  • Alrededor de 3.000 personas asistieron a este ya tradicional festival.

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  • ya por tierra, ya por mar [literario]
    whether by land or by sea
    se puede solicitar ya sea en persona o por teléfono
    it can be ordered either in person or by telephone

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