This basic lesson focuses on how to ask for and tell the time of day in Spanish, as well as expressing the days of the week. Compared to other topics, it is fortunately one that you may be able to read through just a couple of times, and get the hang of it. Don’t be afraid to read it out loud!! Try asking yourself the questions, and then responding back.
¿Qué hora es? Is equivalent to “What time is it?”
The verb HABER is a tricky one at first, being that it is used differently than most verbs. However, it’s quite important to get a handle on it sooner than later as its use is quite important, and you will use it all the time while speaking Spanish.
To start, HABER is used in two ways:
- To express the existence of something
- As an auxiliary verb + past participle to form the “Perfect Tense”
To start, the verb HABER is used as existence; it has only one conjugation in all the tenses. In present tense is: HAY + noun. It doesn´t matter if it’s singular or plural.
In our second piece on three verbs (Dar, Tener, and Hacer) to discuss their main uses, but more importantly (and more interestingly) their alternate usages. Today we will focus today on the verb “tener” which in English is “to have”.
Yo tengo – I have
Tú tienes – You have
Él/ella tiene – He/she has
Nosotros tenemos– We have
Ellos/ellas tienen – They have
Ustedes tienen – You (pl) have