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 Spanish "Hay"

The Spanish hay we are referring to here is not grass for cows in Spain, but the Spanish word "hay," which is pronounced like the word "I" in English. It's an interesting verb form that expresses the idea of existence. When you use it with singular nouns it means there is, and when it is used with plural nouns it means there are.

Examples of the Spanish "Hay" in Sentences

- ¿Qué hay en la oficina? (What is there in the office?)
- Hay un escritorio y una computadora. (There is a desk and a computer.)

- ¿Qué hay en la caja? (What is there in the box?)
- Hay un dólar. (There is a dollar.)

- ¿Cuántos estudiantes de español hay en la clase? (How many Spanish students are there in the class?)
- Hay doce estudiantes de español. (There are twelve Spanish students.)

- ¿Cuántos mochileros hay en el hotel? (How many backpackers are there in the hotel?)
- Hay diez mochileros. (There are ten backpackers.)

- ¿Cuántos turistas hay en el barco? (How many tourists are there in the boat?)
- Hay cinco turistas en el barco. (There are five tourists in the boat.)

- ¿Cuántas manzanas hay en el refrigerador? (How many apples are there in the refrigerator?)
- Hay tres manzanas. (There are tree apples.)

- ¿Qué hay en su maleta? (What is there in your suitcase?)
- Hay solo ropa (There are only clothes.)

- ¿Hay azúcar? (There is sugar?)
- Sí hay. (Yes, there is.)

- ¿Hay suficiente jugo de naranja? (There is enough orange juice?)
- No, no hay suficiente. (No, there is not enough.)

- ¿Hay suficiente pan? (There is enough bread?)
- Sí, hay suficiente pan. (Yes, there is enough bread.)

More Useful Spanish Idioms

Hay mucho ruido en este lugar. (There is a lot of noise in this place.)
Hay mucha basura en esta casa. (There is a lot of garbage in this house.)
No hay más dinero. (There is no more money.)
No hay más comida. (There is no more food.)
No me moleste. (Don't bother me.)
No me persiga. (Don't follow me.)
No me pregunte. (Don't ask me.)
No entiendo nada. (I don't understand anything.)
Estoy tan confundido / confundida. (I am so confused.)
Es solo una broma / chiste. (It is only a joke.)

That concludes this lesson on the Spanish word "hay." All lessons can be found on the homepage of this site.

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