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"Estar" is a copular verb which is often translated as "to be", and "haber" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "to have". Learn more about the difference between "estar" and "haber" below.
estar(
ehs
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tahr
)
A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (used to express a quality)
a. to be
Este pastel de chocolate está delicioso.This chocolate cake is delicious.
Este hotel está muy lujoso.This hotel is very luxurious.
2. (used to express an emotion or state)
a. to be
Estoy enojada porque me acaban de dar una multa de estacionamiento.I am angry because I just got a parking ticket.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to be located)
a. to be
La casa está delante de la iglesia.The house is in front of the church.
4. (to be present)
a. to be
No está en casa.He's not home.
5. (to find oneself; used with "de")
a. to be on (vacation, trip, call)
Estaremos de vacaciones en Europa el verano entero.We're going to be on vacation in Europe all summer long.
b. to be in (luck)
¡Estás de suerte! Me queda un par en ese color.You're in luck! I have one pair left in that color.
c. to be working as
Está de recepcionista hasta que consiga un mejor trabajo.He's working as a receptionist until he finds something better.
6. (to feel)
a. to be
Está triste ahora que no tiene novia.He is sad now that he doesn't have a girlfriend.
7. (to appear)
a. to look
¡Estás genial con las gafas nuevas!You look great with your new glasses!
8. (to visit)
a. to stay
Gabriel está con su padre esta noche.Gabriel is staying with his father tonight.
9. (to be done)
a. to be ready
La comida ya está. ¡Comamos!The food is ready. Let's eat!
10. (to exist)
a. to be
Luego está el trabajo que queda por hacer.Then there is the work that still needs to be done.
11. (to feel like; used with "para")
a. to be in the mood for
No estoy para tus estupideces a estas horas.I am not in the mood for your nonsense at this time of night.
12. (to come down with; used with "con")
a. to have
Está con gripe desde el lunes.He's had the flu since Monday.
13. (to fit)
a. to be
¿Esta falda queda bien o está muy apretada?Does this skirt look good or is it too tight?
14. (to be understood)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No quiero que camines sola por la noche, ¿está?I don't want you walking alone at night, understood?
Nos encontraremos a las siete para ir al cine, ¿estamos?We'll meet at seven to go to the movie, all right?
15. (to support; used with "por")
a. to be in favor of
Los estudiantes están por un aumento en ayuda financiera de parte de la universidad.The students are in favor of the university providing more financial aid.
16. (to be in agreement; used with "con")
a. to agree with
Estoy con Ana Sofía; no quiero escuchar más peleas entre ustedes.I agree with Ana Sofía. I don't want to hear anymore fighting between the two of you.
17. (with temperatures; used with "a")
a. to be
¡El termómetro dice que está a 25 grados Fahrenheit pero que se siente como 6!The thermometer says it's 25 degrees Fahrenheit out but that it feels like 6!
18. (with dates; used with "a")
a. to be
Estamos a martes, 5 de enero.It is Tuesday, January 5th.
19. (with seasons; used with "en")
a. to be
Mientras el hemisferio norte está en invierno, el hemisferio sur está en verano.It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere when it's summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
20. (with distances; used with "a")
a. to be
El banco está a tres cuadras de la plaza central.The bank is three blocks from the town square.
21. (used to express that something is yet to be known; used with "por" and infinitive)
a. to remain to be
Está por verse si lloverá en la tarde.It remains to be seen whether it will rain this afternoon.
22. (used to express imminence; used with "por" and infinitive)
a. to be going to
Las nubes en la distancia indican que estará por llover esta noche.The clouds in the distance indicate that it is going to rain tonight.
23. (used to negate; used with "sin" and infinitive)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Tengo tres libros que están sin terminar.I have three books that I still have to finish reading.
Estoy sin comer desde temprano esta mañana.I haven't eaten anything since early this morning.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
24. (used with a gerund)
a. to be
Está limpiando la casa.He's cleaning the house.
25. (used with a participle)
a. to be
El cuarto está organizado, ¡así que no hagas desorden!The room is organized. Don't make a mess!
estarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
26. (to remain)
a. to stay
Estate quieto y no digas ni una palabra.Stay still and don't say a word.
b. to keep
Es importante estarse tranquilo ante un desastre.It's important to keep calm in the face of disaster.
c. to remain
Los estudiantes se estuvieron callados mientras trabajaban en la biblioteca.The students remained quiet as they worked in the library.
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haber(
ah
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behr
)
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
1. (used in compound tenses)
a. to have
Nunca habían ido a Costa Rica antes del verano pasado.They had never been to Costa Rica before last summer.
2. (to be obligated to; used with "de")
a. to have to
He de ir al trabajo el sábado.I have to go into work on Saturday.
b. must
Has de hacer tu tarea esta noche.You must do your homework tonight.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to exist)
a. to be (used with "there")
No hay azúcar.There is no sugar.
No hubo tiempo para saludar a todos en la fiesta.There wasn't enough time to say hi to everyone at the party.
4. (to be obligated to; used with "que")
a. must
Hay que lavar todos los platos después de cenar.We must wash all the dishes after dinner.
b. should
Hay que hacer reservaciones para el hotel.We should make reservations for the hotel.
5. (used to express time)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No sé si habrá tiempo para comer algo.I don't know if there will be enough time to eat something.
Tiempo ha del terremoto.The earthquake occurred a long time ago.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to have)
a. to bear
Los hijos habidos de la aventura no fueron reconocidos por su padre.The children borne of the affair were not recognized by their father.
7. (to happen)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El espectáculo habido esta semana está completamente vendido.This week's performance is totally sold out.
El accidente habido ayer resultó en dos fatalidades.Yesterday's accident resulted in two fatalities.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
8. (properties)
a. asset
Su haber consistía en la empresa familiar y dos mansiones.Her assets consist of the family business and two mansions.
9. (accounting)
a. credit side
El total del deber y del haber tienen que ser iguales.The debit and credit side totals must be equal.
10. (achievement)
a. credit
Tiene tres artículos publicados a su haber.She has three published articles to her credit.
haberes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
11. (payment)
a. earnings
Todavía no me han pagado los haberes del mes pasado.I still haven't been paid last month's earnings.
haberse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
12. (to confront)
a. to have it out with somebody
Se las va a haber con su hermano si no paran de discutir.He's going to have it out with his brother if they don't stop arguing.
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