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Where does the spanish word "he" come from?

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I want to know the derivatives of the word "he" as in "he dicho". I know it means "I", but I want to know where that comes from, and if there any other forms, because up until now, I thought the only way to say "I" is "yo".

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updated ENE 19, 2010
posted by kateb

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It is from the very special verb haber which is used as an auxiliary verb much of the time.

The "he" is the first person (the "I") of haber used to mean I have ____, in the case of he dicho it means I have said. It makes the perfect tenses.

updated ENE 19, 2010
posted by Lasairfiona
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He is the first person indicative congugation of the verb haber which is the helping verb to form the present perfect past so: He dicho means I said, Has dicho, you said, Ha dicho, he or she said etc. The present perfect is normally used to say what you have done in the recent past like today this morning/week/year etc. you just add the past participle of a verb to the appropriate congugation of haber indicative e.g. Hoy he leido un periodico, today I read a newspaper.

updated ENE 19, 2010
posted by kenwilliams
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