Quick answer
"Want" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "querer", and "have" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "tener". Learn more about the difference between "want" and "have" below.
want(
want
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to desire)
a. querer
I want chocolate ice cream!¡Quiero un helado de chocolate!
2. (to need)
a. tener que
I'll give you some useful tips you'll want to pay attention to.Te daré unos consejos útiles a los que tienes que prestar atención.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to seek)
a. buscarse
Hotel staff wanted.Se busca personal para hotel.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to lack)
a. faltar
My father has always worked hard, and our family has never wanted for anything.Mi padre siempre ha trabajado duro, y a nuestra familia nunca le ha faltado de nada.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (need)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My grandfather's wants are simple; as long as he has tea and his books, he's content.Las necesidades de mi abuelo son sencillas; con que tenga té y sus libros está contento.
6. (lack)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He found himself in great difficulties for want of money.Tuvo grandes problemas por falta de dinero.
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have(
hahv
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to possess)
a. tener
My parents have a home, a car, and three beautiful children.Mis padres tienen una casa, un carro y tres hijos bellos.
2. (to suffer)
a. tener
How do I know if my child has an infection?¿Cómo sé si mi hijo tiene una infección?
3. (to experience)
a. pasar
I had the worst time trying to quit smoking.Lo pasé muy mal cuando estaba tratando de dejar de fumar.
b. vivir
We've had some difficult times over the last few years.Vivimos unos momentos difíciles en los últimos años.
4. (to consume)
a. tomar
I would like to have mashed potatoes with my steak.Me gustaría tomar puré de patatas con el filete.
5. (to receive)
a. recibir
We had a lot of presents last Christmas.Recibimos muchos regalos las Navidades pasadas.
6. (to give birth to)
a. tener
My college roommate had a baby last week.Mi compañera de cuarto de la universidad tuvo un bebé la semana pasada.
7. (to allow)
a. permitir
I won't have this mess under my roof!¡No permitiré este caos bajo mi techo!
8. (causative use)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I had my car washed at the weekend.Llevé el coche a lavar el fin de semana.
I had my shirt cleaned at the laundry.Me lavaron la camisa en la lavandería.
9. (used to wish someone something)
a. que (in interjections)
Have a great time at the party!¡Que lo pases muy bien en la fiesta!
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.).
10. (used in perfect tenses)
a. haber
You haven't been here before.No has estado aquí antes.
11. (to be obliged to)
a. tener que
I have to go to work tomorrow.Tengo que ir al trabajo mañana.
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