In Spanish we use había to say there was or there were. Read and listen to these examples:
Había un perro en el parque.There was a dog in the park.
Había dos perros en el parque.There were two dogs in the park.
Había un niño en la clase.There was a child in the classroom.
Había demasiados niños.There were too many kids.
Había una buena oferta para ir a Tenerife.There was a good offer to go to Tenerife.
Había descuentos para estudiantes.There were discounts for students.
In Spanish, you use había when it is followed by one thing/person or many things/people, unlike in English.
is an impersonal form that comes from the third person of the verb haber
in El Pretérito Imperfecto.
It literally means it had.
See also Using hubo = there was / there were (simple past)
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