A Simple Guide to Master Ya and Todavía in Spanish

Learn the difference between the Spanish adverbs “ya” and “todavía”, as well as how to correctly use them in Spanish.

Telling the difference between these two Spanish adverbs might be challenging for some learners, especially because literal translations into Spanish aren’t always correct.


As similar as they can be, learning the difference between these two words is crucial for having fluent conversations in everyday Spanish. And, luckily, iAmigo School is here to help you! So, keep reading if you’d like to finally master the nuances of “ya” and “todavía”.


The first thing you need to know is that these two words are adverbs of time in Spanish… but what does that mean? In this case, it means that “ya” and “todavía” are used to talk about an action that’s important in two moments in time. That means we usually use these adverbs to compare the past and the present. 


Sounds a little confusing? Don’t worry! After reading this article, you’ll master how and when to use these two adverbs in Spanish and their negative forms (i.e. “ya no” “todavía no”), so you won’t have to worry about making mistakes while speaking with your Spanish-speaking friends. Let’s start!

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