Quick answer
"Had" is a form of "have", a transitive verb which is often translated as "tener". "We should have" is a phrase which is often translated as "deberíamos haber". Learn more about the difference between "we should have" and "had" below.
we should have
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (we ought to have)
a. deberíamos haber
We should have taken the back roads; there is so much traffic here on the highway.Deberíamos haber ido por las carreteras secundarias; hay mucho tráfico aquí en la autopista.
b. tendríamos que haber
We should have bought groceries today. We don't have anything in the fridge.Tendríamos que haber hecho la compra hoy. No tenemos nada en el refri.
2. (we had the obligation to)
a. debíamos haber
They told me we should have sent in the form by the 18th.Me dijeron que debíamos haber enviado el formulario para el 18.
b. teníamos que haber
We are so late! We should have been there over an hour ago!¡Vamos a llegar muy tarde! ¡Teníamos que haber llegado hace más de una hora!
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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)
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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