there were a lot of peoplephrase
a. hubo mucha gente (preterite)
Due to the strike, there were a lot of people who couldn't get home.Debido al paro, hubo mucha gente que no pudo volver a su casa.
There were a lot of people at Lisa and Mike's wedding.Hubo mucha gente en la boda de Lisa y Mike.
b. hubo muchas personas (preterite)
The newspaper says there were a lot of people at last night's Broadway premiere of Smith's play.El periódico dice que hubo muchas personas en el estreno en Broadway anoche de la obra de Smith.
c. había mucha gente (imperfect)
La Alhambra was beautiful, but there were a lot of people.La Alhambra era hermosa, pero había mucha gente.
There were a lot of people in my hometown when I was a kid. Today it's practically deserted.Había mucha gente en mi pueblo cuando era niño. Hoy está casi abandonado.
d. había muchas personas (imperfect)
There were a lot of people in the room so I decided to go outside to get a breath of fresh air.Había muchas personas en la sala, así que decidí salir a tomar el aire.
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