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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Greetings from Maltz

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<div dir="ltr">On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM, David Holt &lt;<a href="";></a>&gt; wrote:<br>&gt;<br>&gt; &gt; From: <a href="";></a><br>
&gt; &gt; I haven&#39;t worked with Spanish for too long to remember. Is Hay used for both<br>&gt; &gt; singular and plural and if so is there a technically more correct way to say<br>&gt; &gt; it?<br>&gt;<br>&gt; &quot;Hay&quot; is used for both plural and singular, but is a special conjugation. It is not a normal conjugation of the verb &quot;haber&quot; and for other uses of that verb it is normally conjugated as &quot;ha&quot; in the third person singular present and &quot;han&quot; in the third person plural present.  However, when using other tenses, the regular third person singular of that conjugation is used for both the singular and the plural (&quot;Habrá problemas.&quot; &quot;There will be problems.&quot;)  There is no more formal or correct way to say it, though in some areas the plural form (&quot;Habrán problemas.&quot;) is also considered acceptable.<br>
&gt;<br><br>Actually, there is a &quot;correct&quot; way to say it.  After all, there is an <span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;font-size:12.666666984558105px;line-height:19.19791603088379px">institution responsible for regulating the Spanish language.</span><br>
<br><div>The *impersonal* form of &quot;haber&quot; is: [verb conjugated by tense (singular number, indicative case)]  + [noun] (singular or plural number, accusative case)]. And the conjugations by tense are: &quot;hay&quot; (present tense), &quot;había&quot; (imperfect past tense), &quot;habrá&quot; (future tense), &quot;hubo&quot; (perfect past tense).  [cfr. Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas (Panhispanic Dictionary of Doubts), pp. 330-331]</div>
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