Old August 29, 2010, 03:05 PM
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Hola! haber vs tener

cuando uso haber o tener?

Sé que el sentido de estas palabras es igual.

im a beginner so please correct me if i had mistakes in my questions...

1. when do is use haber or tener?
2. i know that they mean the same.

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Old August 29, 2010, 03:21 PM
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Haber and tener can both be translated as "to have" in English, but their usage is not interchangeable.

Use tener when you are talking about having or possessing something. Use haber to form the perfect and pluperfect tenses. Tener is an actual meaningful verb (the word carries meaning), and haber is a helping verb.

Tengo gripa = I have a cold
Tengo dinero = I have money
Tengo coche = I have a car

He leído el libro = I have read the book
Habías ido = You had gone
Hubiera cantado = I should have sung
If you find something wrong with my Spanish, please correct it!
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