Hay in the present tense in Spanish

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Hay in the present tense

Hay (there is, there are) is an impersonal form.


  • To talk about something that exists or is present:

En el hotel hay muchos gatos.

There are a lot of cats in the hotel.

Hay dos cervezas en la nevera.

There are two beers in the fridge.

  • With hay + que (to have to), to express an obligation or necessity:

No hay que llegar tarde a la cita.

You mustn't arrive late for your appointment.

Note: after hay, we use indefinite articles Artículos indefinidos:

Hay un gato en la habitación.

There is a cat in the room.

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