Auxiliary Verb: Haber

Haber is one of the most common auxiliary verbs that Spanish language has. It is similar to the English auxiliary verb have, which express possess and owns. This verb is currently replaced by the verb Tener, but we can check the sense of sentence in order to not have mistakes.
  • Use: One can use it in the construction of compound past tenses such as the perfect tense, It is equivalent of English I have been


  • My brother has a lot of money.
  • Mi hermano tiene mucho dinero.

  • My mother has a new car.
  • Mi madre tiene un carro nuevo.

  • Carlos has many cats in his house.
  • Carlos tiene muchos gatos en su casa

  • I have a new Play Station, I am very happy!!!
  • Yo tengo un nuevo Play Station, estoy muy feliz!!!

Tener + que: do something

  • I have to study for my exam
  • Yo tengo que estudiar para mi examen.

  • I have to buy a new math book to study
  • Yo tengo que comprar un nuevo libro de matemática para estudiar

  • I have to eat, if I do not want to die.
  • Yo tengo que comer si no quiero morir

Tener + noun:

  • I am starving.
  • Tengo mucha hambre

  • When I walked by the desert, I was thirsty.
  • Cuando camine por el desierto tuve mucha sed

  • I am very hot, I do not like the stifling heat days
  • Tengo mucho calor, no me gustan los días sofocantes

See Adjectives with Ser/Estar and Haber.

To be To have
Ser Estar Tener
high ---> alto good ---> bien long hair ---> el pelo largo
handsome ---> guapo/a happy ---> alegre blue eyes ---> los ojos azules
intelligent ---> inteligente sad --> triste hunger ---> hambre
young ---> joven here ---> aquí 20 year ---> 20 años
thin ---> delgado/a standing ---> de pie thirst ---> sed

Read more: Auxiliary verb: Ser/Estar

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