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When is tener used and when is haber used?

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When is tener best used and when is haber used?

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updated JUL 11, 2010
posted by george_odum

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Welcome to the forum, gerorge odum!

I am not sure how much Spanish you have under your belt, but I am presuming you are asking about sentences such as "I have a car" and "I have driven my car."

"Tener" is used to mean possession. "I have a car" - "Tengo un coche."

"Haber" is an auxialiary verb used with the past participle to form one of the perfect tenses. For example, "I have driven my car" - "He manejado (conducido) mi coche."

I hope that this very general explanation has helped. Please ask for more clarification or give specific sentences you want help with, if necessary.

updated JUL 11, 2010
posted by mountaingirl123
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