Common expressions with “vez” In this blog you will learn some common ways to express frequency in Spanish using the word “vez” , and how to differentiate it from the word "tiempo"


Some Spanish students find common expressions with “vez” quite difficult, as they try to translate it as “tiempo”. So I think it will be good to start this Spanish weekly dose by differentiating  “time” versus “vez” for the English “time”.

The word tiempo translate s the English “time” when it refers to scientific measurement or to the word in a philosophic or abstract sense. Tiempo also has the meaning of “weather” in certain expressions:


En el espacio no existe el tiempo– In the space time does not exist

El tiempo no importa para los pasajeros que tienen dinero-Time does not matter to travellers with money

Hoy hace buen tiempo-Today the weather is nice


Although tiempo refers to the total idea of measured time, the word cannot be used when asking a specific time of day, in that case we will use hora


What is the time? –>  ¿Qué tiempo es? à ¿Qué hora es?


And tiempo may never be used in the sense of “occasion” or “fun” , to express the idea of having a good time,  in Spanish we use “pasarlo bien” or “divertirse” –never “tener un buen tiempo


This winter  I am going to have a great time –> este invierno voy a tener un (muy) buen tiempo –>

Este invierno voy a pasarlo (muy) bien                                  or            este invierno voy a divertirme (mucho)


To express the idea of “occasion” or when referring to a repeated occurrence or a number of times in a series, vez is the Spanish word we use that translates into the English “time


This time there is not a problem ->  Este tiempo no hay problema –> Esta vez no hay problema


So that’s been clarify, let’s see some common expressions with “vez”


common expressions with “vez”


A la vez ( it can also be al mismo tiempo)                                     at the same time


A veces                                                                                               sometimes


Algunas veces                                                                                   sometimes


Cada vez                                                                                             each/every time


Dos veces                                                                                           twice (two times)


En vez de                                                                                            instead of


Otra vez                                                                                              again (another time)


Una vez                                                                                               once


Tal vez                                                                                                 perhaps


Muchas veces                                                                                     often (many times)


Rara vez (it can also be used in plural-raras veces)                       rarely


Repetidas veces                                                                               over and over again


Varias veces                                                                                       several times


And those, amigos concluded the common expressions with “vez” and the weekly Spanish dose. If you want to watch the video for this lesson, have a look –>


I hope you enjoyed it and now…leave a comment below with one sentence using one of those common expressions to express frequency, mine “


Have an amazing day!¡Ten un buen día!

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