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Has In Spanish

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How to Say Has in Spanish

If you want to say “has” in Spanish (or “have”), you would generally be using a conjugation of the verb “tener.” In the present tense, you’d use:

  • yo tengo = I have
  • tú tienes = you have
  • él/ella tiene = he or she has
  • nosotros tenemos = we have
  • vosotros tenéis = they (formal) have
  • ellos/ellas tienen = they (informan) have

Going beyond the present tense, your use of “has” would depend on what you were trying to express.

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