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Old May 11, 2019, 12:07 PM
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Siquiera vs Hasta

I've seen cases where "hasta" is used where, in English, we would say "not even", for example:
Even the cook didn't know how to cook the fish
Hasta el cocinero no sabia cocinar el pescado
But it seems like "siquiera" is more common:
Ni siquiera el cocinero no sabia cocinar...
But it's not quite clear to me if there are certain times when one is more preferred than the other. Anybody have any advice?
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Old May 11, 2019, 04:35 PM
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I wouldn't use "hasta" in a negative sentence. "Not even" in your sentence can only be translated into "ni (siquiera)", I think.

- Hasta el cocinero ignoraba cómo preparar el pescado. (My suggestion if you wish to use "hasta")
- Tampoco el cocinero sabía cómo preparar el pescado. (Another possibility, if it has already been mentioned that nobody knew how to cook the fish.)
- Ni (siquiera) el cocinero sabía cómo preparar el pescado.
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