One of the questions testing the present subjunctive of haber is:
Los pájaros irán donde ________comida.
With the correct answer being haya.
I understand the subjunctive being used in cases of hope, desire etc but I don't understand why it is used in this case rather than 'hay'.
When we there is no certainty we use the subjunctive. I could use both the indicative and the subjunctive here:
In this case, the speaker know that the birds are going to a place where [he knows for sure] there is food. (certainty= indicative)
Here, using the subjunctive, we need to assume that the speaker doesn't know whether there is or not food in that place. There is no certainty.
I hope this helps,
Thanks Inma. That explains it perfectly. I was thinking only of the first case where there was certainty of food being there.
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