Using hay = there is / there are

In Spanish we use hay to say there is or there are. Read and listen to these examples:

Hoy hay muchas olas en el mar.
Today there are many waves in the sea.

Hay muchas cometas en el cielo.
There are many kites [alt: comets] in the sky.

En el campo hay muchas flores.
In the field there are many flowers.

Hay mucha leche en la nevera.
There is a lot of milk in the fridge.


In Spanish, you use hay whether it is followed by one item or many, unlike in English.
GRAMMAR: Hay is an impersonal form that comes from the third person of the verb haber in El Presente, literally meaning, it has.

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Hoy hay muchas olas en el mar.
Today there are many waves in the sea.


Hay muchas cometas en el cielo.
There are many kites [alt: comets] in the sky.


En el campo hay muchas flores.
In the field there are many flowers.


Hay un pájaro en mi ventana.
There is a bird in my window.


Hay mucha leche en la nevera.
There is a lot of milk in the fridge.


Hay una piscina en mi vecindario.
There is a swimming pool in my neighbourhood.


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 8 answers

PhilipB1Kwiziq community member

Plurals of 'hay'

Why do you not use the plural form of 'hay' when the subject 'muchas cometas' is plural?

Asked 1 day ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Philip

In Spanish this works differently to the English "there is- there are". We have one single form which is used for both singular and plural.

Hay una casa. (There is a house.)

Hay muchas casas. (There are lots of houses.)

Un saludo

Inma

Plurals of 'hay'

Why do you not use the plural form of 'hay' when the subject 'muchas cometas' is plural?

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NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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Hola, 

I never received a reply to my 2nd question below, it starts like this:

"Hello Inma,

Thank you so much for your patience and reply.

I was wondering, is there a way I can find my questions and answers received within my page....."

see below for the full question, thank you.


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AlanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Nicole, there are 2 ways to get a list of your Q&As. 

The first way is to go to your account (select "Your account" from the drop-down menu with the Spanish flag) and then click on the word "View" next to "Profile visible".

The second way is quicker, but you need to have one of your questions already visible. Now all you have to do is click on your name or the image next to it.

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Hola, 

I never received a reply to my 2nd question below, it starts like this:

"Hello Inma,

Thank you so much for your patience and reply.

I was wondering, is there a way I can find my questions and answers received within my page....."

see below for the full question, thank you.


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LilouC1Kwiziq community member

suficiente

Hello, why is suficiente after comida ? thanks !

Asked 6 months ago
LilouC1Kwiziq community member

In "hay comida suficiente para los dos".

InmaKwiziq team member

Hi Lilou

Adjectives in Spanish are generally placed after the noun. However we can place it before if we want put some emphasis on the word "enough". "Hay suficiente comida para los dos" would also be correct.

Saludos

Inma

suficiente

Hello, why is suficiente after comida ? thanks !

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NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi, I was wondering if there is a change if you say, "there was" "There were,"

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole

Yes, if you want to say it in the past then it would be either "Había..." or "Hubo.

Have a look at these two lessons: 

Using había to say there was / there were

and

Using hubo = there was / there were (simple past)

Using one or the other will depend on whether it is more descriptive (había) or it is more of a completed action (hubo)

Saludos

Inma

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hello Inma,

How many other variations of this term would there be beyond the past?  Does that mean there could be:  "there will be", etc.

Thank  you,

Nicole

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole,

There are lots of variations, you can use it in all tenses:

There is/are = hay

There was/were = había or hubo

There will be = habrá

There has been = ha habido

etc

Inma

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hello Inma,

Thank you so much for your patience and reply.

I was wondering, is there a way I can find my questions and answers received within my page when I'm logged in?  When I tried to log in on this page here (from the link in the email to me) , I lost this page with its questions, and despite looking for them in various areas, i.e. in the lessons themselves, or in the Q & A Forum section, (I went through a few pages, but still couldn't find mine. ---Must admit there are 475!!!)  I did see another of mine, but not this one.

So how do I access my questions and answers easily from my logged in page?

Thank you.

Nicole 

PS:  I did search in the "search" area but did not find an answer. 

Hi, I was wondering if there is a change if you say, "there was" "There were,"

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