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Hi, I'm very much a beginner in spanish and I had a question.
The sentence put as a question: cuantos canicas hay? (with an accent mark over the a in cuantos) My question is how is this sentence to be translated in english, my best guess is: How many marbles are there? I guess my main question is can Hay which means "there are" or "there is" also mean "are there" or "is there". Thanks and sorry if my question is confusing

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updated ENE 14, 2009
posted by Leah

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Thanks so much!

updated ENE 14, 2009
posted by Leah
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¿Cuántas canicas hay? Need agreement with the word cuántas and canicas. Your are correct that Hay= There is/are or ¿Hay? = Is there/ Are there? Very good, Leah!

updated ENE 14, 2009
posted by ltigo
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¿Cuántas canicas hay?

Yes, your translation is right: "cuántas" means "how many", and "hay" can be translated as any combination of "there is", "is there", "there are", "are there".

updated ENE 14, 2009
posted by lazarus1907