Expressing existence and obligation with "haber"

Learn about how "haber" works as a standalone verb to express existence and obligation in expressions like "hay", "haber que" and more with our handy guide!

Dec 20, 2021
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Translate the sentence

Select the correct Spanish translation for the following sentences.

  1. There were lots of people at the concert.
  2. There’s no way we can get there in time.
  3. I think there are going to be a couple of meetings next month.
  4. There is nothing else to say.
  5. One needs to listen more and talk less.
  6. It’s necessary to wake up early to get the best of every day.
  7. There’s no room for error.
  8. Anna has to start listening.
  9. There were many reasons to make that decision.
  10. There are my keys.

Pick the right verb

Choose between haber and estar

  1. Ahí
    una tienda de mascotas en la esquina.
  2. En la cama
    los libros de matemáticas.
  3. Aquí
    mis llaves.
  4. En la nevera
    unos pimentones.
  5. En la calle
    unos niños jugando.
  6. En el carro
    el perro de mi vecino.
  7. Ahí
    la estación del tren.
  8. Aquí
    tus gafas.
  9. Allá no
    su ropa.
  10. En la sala no
    suficiente espacio.

Pick the right translation

Select the correct Spanish translation with 'haber que/de' and 'tener que'.

  1. One needs to work to make a living.
  2. Anna has to go to work today.
  3. You have to fill out this form.
  4. It is necessary to start exercising.
  5. It is necessary to practice Spanish everyday.
  6. We need to read more.
  7. It's necessary to be more respectful.
  8. Luis needs to find his keys.
  9. I have to do my homework.
  10. One has to listen first.

Correct the sentence

In each of the sentences below, the grey text in the field is incorrect. Correct the error to complete the sentence, using the appropriate conjugation of "haber", "haber que", "tener que" or "estar".

  1. En la casa
  2. Ellos
    bajar de peso.
  3. nadie en la clase de italiano.
  4. muchos problemas.
  5. tiempo para tonterías.
  6. Aquí
    la camisa que te presté.
  7. problema.
  8. dos terremotos en la ciudad durante el fin de semana.
  9. mucha gente en el supermercado.
  10. Puede
    preguntas durante la clase.
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