Hacía varias semanas que nadie lo viera / lo veía

M_K_Jam

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English (British)
Hola a todos.

I'm having some difficulty with the following phrases:

Hacía varias semanas que nadie lo viera
Nadie lo veía desde hacía varias semanas.


They are given as a translation of:

It has been several weeks since anyone had seen him.

My difficulty lies in that I do not understand why the main verb in the first phrase is presented in the subjunctive, and the second in the indicative. I believe I understand why it's the subj in the first: the speaker is unsure whether anyone has seen him in the given time-frame, but why isn't this the case in the second? Is the speaker simply certain, or is it to do with the sentence construction?

Thank you very much in advance for lessening my headahce!
 
  • Bruno Gael

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    Hola a todos.

    I'm having some difficulty with the following phrases:

    Hacía varias semanas que nadie lo viera
    Nadie lo veía desde hacía varias semanas.


    They are given as a translation of:

    It has been several weeks since anyone had seen him.

    My difficulty lies in that I do not understand why the main verb in the first phrase is presented in the subjunctive, and the second in the indicative. I believe I understand why it's the subj in the first: the speaker is unsure whether anyone has seen him in the given time-frame, but why isn't this the case in the second? Is the speaker simply certain, or is it to do with the sentence construction?

    Thank you very much in advance for lessening my headahce!

    Hola.

    En definitiva debe ser con el copretérito:

    Hacía varias semanas que nadie lo veía.

    Ni aun en sentido estrictamente poético podría usarse el pretérito de subjuntivo viera.
     

    Bevj

    Allegra Moderata (Sp/Eng, Cat)
    English (U.K.)
    I don't think that the original English is correct.
    It has been... since anyone had' strikes me as wrong.

    The translations offered all seem to me to be translating 'It had been several weeks since anyone had seen him'/`Nobody had seen him for several weeks'.
     
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