is having
-está teniendo
Present progressivehe/sheconjugation ofhave.


This word is often used in the plural in the sense shown in the noun.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to own)
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.
c. tener
I don't want to go back to that place. I had a bad experience last time.No quiero volver a ese lugar. La última vez tuve una mala experiencia.
4. (to consume)
a. comer
I've had risotto before, and I'm not a fan.He comido risotto antes, y no me gusta.
b. tomar
Regionalism used in Spain
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 be gifted with)
a. poseer
The new party leader has many great qualities.La nueva líder del partido posee muchas grandes cualidades.
7. (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.
8. (to allow)
a. permitir
I won't have this mess under my roof!¡No permitiré este caos bajo mi techo!
9. (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.
10. (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.).
auxiliary verb
11. (used in perfect tenses)
a. haber
You haven't been here before.No has estado aquí antes.
12. (to be obliged to)
a. tener
I have to go to work tomorrow.Tengo que ir al trabajo mañana.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
13. (rich person)
a. el rico
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la rica
(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).
I'd rather be one of the haves rather than the have-nots.Prefiero ser uno de los ricos que los pobres.
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En el inglés hablado, y en el escrito en estilo coloquial, el verbo auxiliar have se contrae de forma que I have se transforma en I've, he/she/it has se transforman en he's/she's/it's y you/we/they have se transforman en you've/we've/they've. Las formas de pasado I/you/he etc had se transforman en I'd, you'd, he'd etc . Las formas negativas has not, have not y had not se transforman en hasn't, haven't y hadn't.
  • the haves and the have-nots los ricos y los pobres
verbo transitivo (3rd person singular has [hæz], pt & pp had [hæd])
1. tener (in general)
  • they've got or they have a big house tienen una casa grande
  • she hasn't got or doesn't have a cat no tiene gato
  • I've got or I have something to do tengo algo que hacer
  • which one will you have? ¿cuál prefieres?
  • she's got or she has measles/AIDS tiene (el) sarampión/el sida
  • she's got or she has blue eyes tiene los ojos azules
  • can I have a beer and a brandy, please? ¿me daría or pone una cerveza y un coñac, (por favor)? (español de España)
  • I'll have the soup yo tomaré una sopa
  • we've got or we have a choice tenemos una alternativa
  • what's that got to do with it? ¿qué tiene que ver eso?
  • he had me by the throat me tenía sujeto or cogido por el cuello
  • he had them in his power los tenía en su poder
  • you shall have it back tomorrow te lo devolveré mañana
  • I've had it if she finds out! (familiar) ¡si se entera, me la cargo!
  • this coat has had it (familiar) este abrigo está para el arrastre , este saco ya cumplió (RP)
  • you've been had! (familiar) ¡te han timado! (you've been cheated), ¡te chingaron! (español de México), ¡te embromaron! (RP)
  • you've got or you have me there! (familiar) ¡ahí me has (I don't know) pillado or (español de España) agarrado or (Am) cachado! (español de México)
2. (with noun, to denote activity)
  • to have a bath darse un baño
  • to have a shave afeitarse
  • to have a wash lavarse
  • to have breakfast desayunar
  • to have lunch comer
  • to have dinner cenar
3. pasar (experience)
  • to have an accident tener or sufrir un accidente
  • to have a good/bad time pasarlo bien/mal
  • I had a pleasant evening pasé una agradable velada
4. (causative)
  • I had him do it again le hice repetirlo
  • I'm having my record player repaired me están arreglando el tocadiscos
  • I'll have you know that…! te diré que…
5. (in passive-type constructions)
  • to have one's hair cut cortarse el pelo
  • I had my watch stolen me robaron el reloj
6. (allow)
  • I will not have such conduct! ¡no toleraré ese comportamiento!
  • I won't have you causing trouble! ¡no permitiré que crees problemas!
7. (be compelled)
  • to have to do something tener que hacer algo
  • I have or I've got to go me tengo que ir
  • do you have to work?, have you got to work? ¿tienes que trabajar?
  • it's got or it has to be done hay que hacerlo
8. (obtain)
  • there were no tickets to be had no quedaban entradas or boletos (español de Colombia, español de México)
  • I have it on good authority that… sé por fuentes fidedignas que…
auxiliary verb
9. haber
  • I/we/they have seen it lo he/hemos/han visto
  • you have seen it lo has visto; (singular) lo habéis visto (plural) (español de España), lo vieron (Am)
  • he/she/it has seen it lo ha visto
  • I have worked here for three years llevo tres años trabajando aquí
  • he has been in prison before — no he hasn't! ha estado ya antes en la cárcel — ¡no!
  • you have told him, haven't you? se lo has dicho, ¿no? or ¿verdad?
  • you haven't forgotten, have you? no te habrás olvidado, ¿no? or ¿verdad?
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have [hæv] has (present:singular:3rd_person)had (past)
When have is part of a set combination, eg have a look, have a good time, have breakfast, had better, look up the other word. For have + adverb/preposition combinations, see also the phrasal verb section of this entry.
transitive verb
1 (possess) tener
he's got or he has blue eyes tiene los ojos azules; have you got or do you have 10p? ¿tienes diez peniques?; have you got or do you have any brothers or sisters? ¿tienes hermanos?; she had her eyes closed tenía los ojos cerrados; he hasn't got or he doesn't have any friends no tiene amigos; I've got or I have a friend staying next week tengo a un amigo en casa la semana que viene; I've got or I have an idea tengo una idea
Don't translate the [a] in sentences like [has he got a girlfriend?], [I haven't got a washing-machine] if the number of such items is not significant since people normally only have one at a time:
has he got a girlfriend? ¿tiene novia?; I haven't got a washing-machine no tengo lavadora
Do translate the [a] if the person or thing is qualified:
he has a Spanish girlfriend tiene una novia española
all or everything I have is yours todo lo que tengo es tuyo
you must give it all or everything you have tienes que emplearte a fondo
have you got a rubber [handy]?
you must put all or everything you have into it tienes que emplearte a fondo
can I have a pencil please? ¿me puedes dar un lápiz, por favor?
the book has no name on it el libro no lleva or tiene el nombre del dueño
I've got or I have no Spanish no sé español
to have something to do tener algo que hacer
I've got some letters to write tengo algunas cartas que escribir; I've got or I have nothing to do no tengo nada que hacer; haven't you got anything to do? ¿no tienes nada que hacer?
hello, what have we here? vaya, vaya, ¿qué tenemos aquí?
I've got a lot of washing to do I've got plenty to do have you got something to do?
2 (eat, drink) tomar
did you have the fish or the chicken?
what are we having for lunch? ¿que vamos a comer?
we had ice-cream for dessert tomamos helado de postre
what are we having for dessert?
to have something to eat/drink comer/beber algo; tomar algo
what will you have? ¿qué quieres tomar?; ¿qué vas a tomar?
I'll just have a sandwich
I'll have a coffee tomaré un café; will you have some more? ¿te sirvo más?
3 (receive) recibir
letter, telegram, gift
thank you for having me gracias por su hospitalidad
you can have my ticket puedes quedarte con mi billete
we had some help from the government recibimos ayuda del gobierno
I had a letter from John tuve carta de Juan; recibí una carta de Juan
I must have them by this afternoon necesito tenerlos para esta tarde
to have no news no tener noticias
they had a lot of wedding presents recibieron or les hicieron muchos regalos de boda
we had a lot of visitors (at home) tuvimos muchas visitas; (at exhibition etc) tuvimos muchos visitantes
to have a letter from sb
4 (obtain)
to [be] had
they can be had for as little as £10 each pueden conseguirse por tan solo 10 libras; it's not to be had anywhere no se consigue en ninguna parte
they can't be had for less than £100
there was no bread to be had no quedaba pan en ningún sitio; no podía conseguirse pan en ningún sitio
5 (take)
I'll have a dozen eggs, please ¿me pones una docena de huevos, por favor?; which one will you have? ¿cuál quiere?
which one will you have? the leather one or the canvas one?
can I have your name please? ¿me da su nombre, por favor?
you can have it or I'll let you have it for £10 te lo dejo en 10 libras; te lo puedes llevar por 10 libras; te lo vendo por 10 libras
6 (give birth to) [+baby, kittens] tener
she had a baby last year
what did she have? ¿qué ha tenido?; she had a boy ha tenido un niño
to have a [baby] she's going to have a baby she wants to have a baby she had twins the cat has had kittens
7 (hold, catch) tener
I have him in my power lo tengo en mi poder
he had him by the throat lo tenía agarrado por la garganta
the dog had him by the throat
I have it on good authority that ... me consta que ...; sé a ciencia cierta que ...; sé de buena tinta que ... (informal)
I've got it! ¡ya!
you have me therethere you have me ahí sí que me has pillado (informal)
8 (allow) consentir; tolerar
we can't have that eso no se puede consentir
I won't have this nonsense no voy a consentir or tolerar estas tonterías
I won't have it! no lo voy a consentir or tolerar; she won't have it said that ... no consiente or tolera que digan que ...; I won't have him risking his neck on that motorbike no voy a consentir que se juegue el cuello en esa moto
stop it immediately, I won't have it! I won't have I'm not having this sort of behaviour!
9 (spend) pasar
to have a pleasant afternoon/evening pasar una tarde agradable; have a nice day! ¡que pases un buen día!; I had a horrible day at school today he tenido un día horrible en el colegio; what sort of day have you had? ¿qué tal día has tenido?
we had a lovely day they all had a wonderful afternoon she had a terrible evening
10 (on telephone)
can I have Personnel please? ¿me puede poner con Personal, por favor?
11 (have sex with) acostarse con
12 (make)
I'll soon have it nice and shiny enseguida lo dejo bien brillante; he had us confused nos tenía confundidos
13 (in set structures)
to have sth done hacer que se haga algo; mandar hacer algo
we had our luggage brought up mandamos subir el equipaje; I've had the brakes checked he mandado revisar los frenos
I'll have the car brought round for you to have one's luggage brought up
to have a suit made (mandar) hacerse un traje; to have one's hair cut cortarse el pelo; they had him killed lo mataron
to have sb do sth mandar a algn hacer algo
he had me do it again me hizo hacerlo otra vez; me hizo que lo hiciese otra vez; I had him clean the car le hice limpiar el coche; what would you have me do? ¿qué quiere que haga?; I'll have you know that ... quiero que sepas que ...
to have sth happen
she had her bag stolen le robaron el bolso; he had his arm broken le rompieron el brazo
I've had three windows broken this week
to have sb doing sth
she soon had them all reading and writing (organized them) enseguida los puso a leer y a escribir; (taught them) enseguida les habían enseñado a leer y a escribir
he had us all helping with the dinner
14 (in set expressions)
to have sth against sb/sth tener algo en contra de algn/algo
to have had it
you've had it now! he knows all about it ¡ahora sí que te la has cargado! se ha enterado de todo; this sofa has had it este sofá ya no da para más (informal); I've had it up to here with his nonsense estoy hasta la coronilla or hasta el moño de sus tonterías (informal)
to have it that
he will have it that he is right insiste en que tiene razón; rumour has it that ... corre la voz de que ...
to be had
you've been had! ¡te han engañado!
to have to do with tener que ver con
that's got or that has nothing to do with it! ¡eso no tiene nada que ver!; you'd better not have anything to do with him más te vale no tener tratos con él
to let sb have sth (give) dar algo a algn; (lend) dejar algo a algn; prestar algo a algn
I'll let you have my reply tomorrow les daré mi respuesta mañana; let me have your address dame tus señas; let me have your pen for a moment déjame el boli un momento
he let me have some money
let him have it! ¡dale!
let her have it - it is hers anyway go on, let me have your sausages I'll let you have the books tomorrow
what have you
... and what have you ... y qué sé yo qué más
would have it
as ill-luck or fate would have it desgraciadamente
auxiliary verb
1 haber
Use the verb [haber] to form the perfect tenses.
I've already seen that film ya he visto esa película; he's been very kind ha sido muy amable
he's been ill
has he gone? ¿se ha ido?; hasn't he told you? ¿no te lo ha dicho?
haven't you grown!
she said she had spoken to them dijo que había hablado con ellos; had you phoned me (formal) or if you had phoned me I would have come round si me hubieras llamado habría venido; never having seen it before, I ... como no lo había visto antes, ...; having finished or when he had finished, he left cuando terminó or cuando hubo terminado, se fue
I've [just] asked him I had just spoken to him to have arrived/eaten
"Time" See culture box in entry since.
2 (verb substitute)
you've got more than I have tienes más que yo; they've done more than we have ellos han hecho más que nosotros; he hasn't worked as hard as you have él no ha trabajado tanto como tú; "he's already eaten" — "so have I" —él ya ha comido —yo también; "we haven't had any news yet" — "neither have we" —no hemos tenido noticias todavía —nosotros tampoco; "you've made a mistake" — "no I haven't!" —has cometido un error —no es verdad or cierto; "we haven't paid" — "yes we have!" —no hemos pagado —¡qué sí!; "he's got a new job" — "oh has he?" —tiene un trabajo nuevo —¿ah, sí?
"I've been there before" — "have you?"
"you've written it twice" — "so I have!" —lo has escrito dos veces —es verdad or cierto; "have you read the book?" — "yes, I have" —¿has leído el libro? —sí; "has he told you?" — "no, he hasn't" —¿te lo ha dicho? —no
(in question tags)
he hasn't done it, has he? no lo ha hecho, ¿verdad?; you've done it, haven't you? lo has hecho, ¿verdad? or ¿no?
they've arrived, haven't they?
3 (avoiding repetition of verb)
you've all been there before, but I haven't vosotros habéis estado allí antes, pero yo no; he has never met her, but I have él no la ha llegado a conocer, pero yo sí; have you ever been there? if you have ... ¿has estado alguna vez allí? si es así ...; have you tried it? if you haven't ... ¿lo has probado? (porque) si no ...
modal verb
(be obliged)
to have (got) to do sth tener que hacer algo; I've got to or I have to finish this work tengo que terminar este trabajo; have we got to or do we have to leave early? ¿tenemos que salir temprano?; I haven't got to or I don't have to wear glasses no necesito (usar) gafas; I shall have to go and see her tendré que ir a verla; it will just have to wait till tomorrow tendrá que esperar hasta mañana; he had to pay all the money back tuvo que devolver todo el dinero; she was having to get up at six each morning tenía que levantarse a las seis cada mañana; this has to be a mistake esto tiene que ser un error; do you have to make such a noise? ¿tienes que hacer tanto ruido?; you didn't have to tell her! ¡no tenías por qué decírselo!; it's nice not to have to work on Saturdays es un gusto no tener que trabajar los sábados; it has to be done this way tiene que hacerse de este modo; does it have to be ironed? ¿hay que plancharlo?
the locks will have to be changed you haven't to tell her
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