Distinguishing between hubo and había

Catriona

Kwiziq community member

31 December 2017

6 replies

Distinguishing between hubo and había

There is no explanation either in hubo or había as to how to decide when to use which one. The examples given could almost be interchangeable, at least to my novice eye. (Other than that, this program is absolutely amazing! Hats off to everyone involved!)

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Using hubo = there was / there were (simple past)"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

31 December 2017

31/12/17

Hola Catriona These two lessons about Había and Hubo are focused on the "form" more than specific uses, that's why we have used quite neutral sentences. As a general rule we would use "había" (not hubo) when we are describing a scene in the past or for a repeated action in the past, whereas we will use "hubo" (not había) for more punctual actions also in the past. You will soon have some more lessons about specific uses for the imperfect and preterite tenses. Thanks for your lovely comments : ))

Catriona

Kwiziq community member

2 January 2018

2/01/18

Just ran into this again, and got it wrong again, even after your explanation. I put hubo instead of hacía for "There was a meeting at four." One of the examples for hubo is "There were many people at the demonstration." I honestly cannot see the difference between these two sentences in this regard.

Jessica

Kwiziq community member

24 January 2019

24/01/19

I totally agree!

Lane

Kwiziq community member

22 May 2019

22/05/19

I found this explanation and it makes a bit more sense: 

http://preguntolandia.blogspot.com/2010/05/hubo-vs-habia.html

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

24 May 2019

24/05/19

Hola Catriona

We have a specific lesson on the difference between hubo and había where we explain when to use one or the other,  Había vs Hubo

Saludos 

Inma

 

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

24 May 2019

24/05/19

Hola Jessica

This lesson is specific for the difference between hubo and había. I hope this clarifies it for you.

Había vs Hubo (Imperfect vs Preterite)

Saludos

Inma

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