Daily Verb Lesson: Spanish for 'have' is haber

The Spanish for have, is the irregular Spanish verb haber.
Imagine it is good to have good HABITS!

Haber is an irregular -ER. Learn the conjugations of this very important verb. It is an auxiliary verb - the 'have' in the perfect tenses of Spanish verbs. The perfect tenses relate to completed or finished actions - have done, will have done, may have done, had done, etc.
Haber (hay) can also mean; to be, ie: there is, there are.
Related words include:
  - el haber (nm) : means, assets; credit.
  - los haberes (nmpl) : income, earnings.
  - hay : there is, there are.

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           to have: haber
It is good to have good HABITS!
Simple Tenses haber  Present Participle: habiendo
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

he has ha hemos habáis han

había habías había habíamos habíais habían

hube hubiste hubo hubimos hubisteis hubieron

will have
habré habrás habrá habremos habréis habrán

would have
habría habrías habría habríamos habríais habrían

may have
haya hayas haya hayamos hayáis hayan
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may have
hubiera hubieras hubiera hubiéramos hubierais hubieran
hubiese hubieses hubiese hubiesésemos hubieseis hubiesen
Compound Tenses haber  Past Participle: habido
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have had
he habido has habido ha habido hemos habido habéis habido han hubido
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had had
hube habido hubiste habido hubo habido hubimos habido hubisteis habido hubieron habido
Past Perfect
Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto

had had
había habido habías habido había habido habíamos habido habíais habido habían habido
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

may have had
haya habido hayas habido haya habido hayamos habido hayáis habido hayan habido
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have had
habré hubido habrás hubido habrá hubido habremos hubido habréis hubido habrán hubido
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have had
habría habido habrías habido habría habido habríamos habido habríais habido habrían habido
Imperfect Subjunctive
Subjuntivo Imperfecto

may have had
hubiera habido hubieras habido hubiera habido hubiéramos habido hubierais habido hubieran habido
hubiese habido hubieses habido hubiese habido hubiésemos habido hubieseis habido hubiesen habido

habe! haya! hayamos! habed! hayan!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't have!
no hayas! no haya! no hayamos! no hayáis! no hayan!
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Spanish for have =haber hay / había:  there is, there are / there was, were.
Hay un libro. / Había unos libros.:  There is a book./There were some books.
Había una vez ...:  Once upon a time (lit. There was once a time) ...

Spanish for have =haber hay que + infinitive: it is necessary to, must.
Hay que trabajar mucho.: It is necessary to/you must work hard/alot.
¿Que hay? : So what? / No hay de que! : Don't mention it!

Spanish for have =haber A mucha hambre, no hay pan duro. : Beggars can't be choosers. (lit. There's no such thing as hard/stale/old bread when you're hungry).
No venda la piel del oso antes de haberlo cazado. : Don't count your chickens before they hatch. (lit. Don't sell the skin of the bear before having killed it).


  • The Spanish verb for have haber is an irregular ER verb.
  • Learn to conjugate haber and reinforce the pattern.
  • Do a series of other ER verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the ER verbs' conjugation patterns. Keep doing them with a new one every day from the Spanish Verbs List.
  • Each month we feature a daily verb from one of the major pattern groups.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations.

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