Ago

Ago, (gone by), a- ɛend-ha (kac weqt).

That seems like a lifetime ago - Tqulci ɛmeṛ ǧaz.

b- To do sth (time) ago, ɛend-u (kac weqt) melli (dar kac ḥaǧa).

c- Less than (time) ago, ma ɛend-ha-c (kac weqt).

d- Several (time) ago, ɛend-u cḥal men (kac weqt).


Examples:

A few years ago, there was a huge scandal. - Ɛend-ha ci ɛwam, ṣrat fḍiḥa kbira.

Coal, natural gas and oil are the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. - L-fḥem, l-gaz ṭ-ṭabiɛi u l-pitṛul bqaya taɛ l-ḥcawec u l-ḥiwanat lli ɛacu ɛend-hum cḥal men melyun men ɛam.

Farid and Karima have been a couple since a year ago. - Farid u Karima ɛend-hum ɛam melli ṛa-hum kifkif.

Farid arrived thirty minutes ago. - Farid ɛend-u tlatin dqiqa melli wṣel.

Farid began to work for our company three years ago. - Farid ɛend-u telt snin melli bda yexdem f c-carika taɛ-na.

Farid did that three weeks ago. - Farid ɛend-u telt eyyam melli dar had c-ci.

Farid died two years ago in a plane crash. - Farid ɛend-u ɛamin melli mat f ḥadet taɛ ṭeyyara.

Farid finished doing his homework an hour ago. - Farid ɛend-u saɛa melli kemmel l-waǧbat taɛ-u.

Farid left a long time ago. - Farid ɛend-u bezzaf melli ṛaḥ.

Farid lived here three years ago. - Farid sken l-temm ɛend-u telt snin.

Farid lost his wife three years ago. - Farid ɛend-u telt snin melli matet meṛt-u.

Farid passed away several years ago. - Farid ɛend-u cḥal n sna melli tweffa.

Farid retired four years ago. - Farid ɛend-u ṛebɛ snin melli tqaɛed.

Farid started studying French three years ago. - Farid ɛend-u telt snin melli bda yeqra l-fṛansawiyya.

Farid's father died from overwork five years ago. - Babat Farid ɛend-u xems snin melli mat men l-xedma.

Farid told Karima that he had finished the work a few days ago. - Farid qal l-Karima belli ɛend-u ci yamat melli kemmel l-xedma.

Farid was due here three hours ago. - Farid kan lazem yewṣel l-hna ɛend-ha telt swayeɛ.

Farid was my boss three years ago. - Farid kan l-mɛellem taɛ-i ɛend-ha telt snin.

He arrived from Australia a year ago. - Ɛend-u ɛam melli ǧa men Ustṛalya.

He drew that picture a while ago. - Ɛend-u bezzaf melli ṛsem hadik t-teṣwira.

He got married three days ago. - Ɛend-u telt eyyam melli tzewweǧ.

He is far better off now than he was five years ago. - Ṛa-hu xir b-l-bezzaf duṛk ɛla ḥsab kifac kan ɛend-u xems snin.

He is not the coward that he was ten years ago. - Ma mazal-u-c xewwaf kima kan ɛend-ha ɛecṛ snin.

He passed away five years ago. - Ɛend-u xems snin melli tweffa.

He was promoted to colonel two years ago. - Ɛend-u ɛamin melli ṭellɛu-h kulunal.

His uncle went to Europe on business a week ago and he is now either in London or in Paris. - Ɛemm-u ɛend-u smana melli ṛaḥ misyu l-Luṛup, u ṛa-hu duṛk ya f Lundun, ya f Paṛi.

I bought this in Oran three weeks ago. - Crit hada f Wehṛan ɛend-ha telt smanat.

I could barely speak French three years ago. - Ɛend-ha telt snin, qrib ma kunt-c gaɛ qader nehdeṛ l-fṛansawiyya.

I don't know if you remember me, but we met a couple of years ago in Oran. - Ma ɛlabal-i-c ida ṛa-ki cafya ɛli-iyya, beṣṣeḥ tlaqina ɛend-ha telt snin fi Wehṛan.

I don't think it's fair to punish me for a mistake I made years ago. - Ma cekkit-c ḥeqq netɛaqeb ɛla ɣelṭa dert-ha ɛend-i cḥal men ɛam.

I knew Farid years ago. - Ɛend-i ɛwam melli neɛṛef Farid.

I met Farid for the first time three months ago in Oran. - Ɛend-i telt chuṛ melli tlaqit b-Farid l-xeṭra l-ewwla.

I met her three days ago. - Ɛend-i telt eyyam melli tlaqit bi-ha.

I met them three summers ago. - Tlaqit bi-hum f ṣ-ṣif, ɛend-ha telt snin.

I only heard about it myself a couple of minutes ago. - Ɛend-i dqayeq beṛk melli smeɛt b-had c-ci.

I quit smoking six months ago. - Ɛend-i sett chuṛ melli ḥebbest d-dexxan.

I said this a long time ago. - Ɛend-ha telt snin melli qult had c-ci./Ɛend-i telt snin melli qult had c-ci.

I should have quit drinking years ago. - Kan lazem nḥebbes l-alkul ɛend-i ɛwam.

I studied there a year ago. - Ɛend-i ɛam melli qrit l-temm.

It's very unlikely that he is actually the same man you met ten years ago. - Ma cekkit-c gaɛ belli hada huwa ṛ-ṛaǧel lli tlaqit mɛa-h ɛend-ha ɛecṛ snin.

I visited Romania a few years ago. - Zeṛt Ṛumanya ɛend-i ci ɛwam.

I woke up thirty minutes ago. - Ɛend-i tlatin n dqiqa melli neḍt.

I wonder what this place was like three years ago. - Yadṛa kifac kan had l-meḍreb ɛend-ha telt snin.

My computer stopped working a few days ago. - Ḷ-ḥasub taɛ-i ɛend-u telt eyyam melli ḥbes.

My father died ten years ago. - Baba ɛend-u ɛecṛ snin melli mat.

My house was ready two months ago. - Daṛ-i kanet waǧda ɛend-ha cehṛin.

She fell ill a week ago. - Ɛend-ha smana melli merḍet.

She moved here from Morocco five years ago. - Ṛeḥlet l-hna men l-Meṛṛuk ɛend-ha telt snin.

Someone came ten minutes ago. - Ǧa kac waḥed ɛend-ha ɛecṛ dqayeq.

That man died of lung cancer one week ago. - Hadak ṛ-ṛaǧel ɛend-u telt eyyam melli mat men l-kunṣir taɛ r-riyya.

That took place in Oran three weeks ago. - Had c-ci ṣra f Wehṛan ɛend-ha telt smanat.

That was three months ago. - Hadi ɛend-ha telt chuṛ.

The earth came into existence about five thousand million years ago. - L-erḍ ɛend-ha xems mlayeṛ ɛam melli tkewwnet.

The factory was shut down ten years ago. - Hadik l-luzin ɛend-ha ɛecṛ snin melli tɣelqet.

The history of machine translation began fifty years ago. - T-tarix taɛ ṭ-ṭerǧama l-aliyya bda ɛend-u xemsin sna.

The lady moved here a month ago. - Hadik l-mṛa ɛend-ha cheṛ melli ṛeḥlet l-hna.

The last time I saw Farid was about a year ago. - Ɛend-i waḥed l-ɛam melli ceft Farid l-xeṭra l-exxra.

The universe was born more than 12 billion years ago. - L-kun ɛend-u ṭnac n melyaṛ n ɛam melli ttexleq.

Three years ago, we moved to Oran. - Ɛend-ha telt snin melli ṛḥelna l-Wehṛan.

Two years ago in the Atlantic ocean parts of the crashed plane were found. - Lqaw ǧza' men hadik ṭ-ṭeyyara ɛend-ha ɛamin f l-muḥit l-Eṭlasi.

We bought the apartment a long time ago. - Ɛend-na bezzaf melli crina hadik l-parṭma.

We got married a few years ago. - Ɛend-na ci ɛwam melli tzewweǧna.


Examples (less than [time] ago):

Farid arrived in Oran less than three weeks ago. - Ma ɛend-ha-c smana melli wṣel Farid l-Wehṛan.


Examples (several [time] ago):

I had forgotten that I had met her several years ago. - Nsit belli ɛend-i cḥal men sna melli neɛṛef-ha.


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