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Old 27th October 2010, 07:59 PM   #2
Angelo
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Hi cronos,
'hay' means both "There is" and "There are". It is an impersonal form of verb 'haber' (to show the existence of objects, people, beings,...), so that's why it is not affected by gender or number, and we use 'hay' instead of 'ha'*

Hay un gato sobre la mesa -----> There is a cat on the table
Hay una ardilla cerca del árbol -----> There is a squirrel near the tree

Hay tres manzanas en la heladera -----> There are three apples in the
¡Hay mucha gente aquí! ----> There are too many people here
¡Hay muchas personas aquí! ----> There are too many people here

But it is affected by time.
Hubo un terremoto ---> There was an earthquake
Hubo varios terremotos ---> There were several earthquakes
Si hubiese más árboles, habría menos polución del aire---> If there was more trees, there would be less air pollution



* http://www.wordreference.com/conj/EsVerbs.asp?v=haber
él, ella, Ud: ha; impersonal: hay

Other uses of 'haber' http://culturitalia.uibk.ac.at/hispa...hab%C3%ADa.htm
http://www.belcart.com/belcart_es/como_esc/c_haber.html

Last edited by Angelo; 27th October 2010 at 08:11 PM.
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