In Spanish we use hay to say there is or there are. Read and listen to these examples:
Hoy hay muchas olas en el mar.Today there are many waves in the sea.
Hay muchas cometas en el cielo.There are many kites [alt: comets] in the sky.
En el campo hay muchas flores.In the field there are many flowers.
Hay mucha leche en la nevera.There is a lot of milk in the fridge.
In Spanish, you use hay whether it is followed by one item or many, unlike in English.
is an impersonal form that comes from the third person of the verb haber
in El Presente,
literally meaning, it has.
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