it's been X time that, something was [X time] ago
(very common phrasing. "Das ist 5 Minuten her." for example. Note that "her" does NOT mean "ago" in phrasings like "I called you 5 minutes ago". It only works in combination with "sein")
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The meaning of "her"

A thorough look at the confusing German word "her". We'll see what it means and why and learn how to use it properly with lots of examples.

German is Easy - QAS -1

Word Family

This root was essentially a pointer to a presence that was not yourself.

this, that here

It could be a person or thing, but also a place or a time.
Here’s an overview over the relatives

  • he, him, his
  • her
  • it (used to be “hit”)
  • here
  • hither
  • cis-
  • et cetera

German and English sources “spell” the root very differently, but I think they’re talking about the same thing.

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