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Old August 15, 2011, 03:51 AM
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Help with 'hace' in time expressions

I'm having problems with these sentences.

Hace tres años que esperamos una respuesta.
Esperamos una respuesta hace tres años.
Esperamos una respuesta desde hace tres años.

I know they all mean "we have been waiting for an answer for three years", but why is hacer used here? I don't get it.
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