In Spanish there is one form, using El Pretérito Indefinido, to say both there was and there were.
Learn how to say there was/there were in Spanish
In Spanish we use hubo to say there was or there were. Read and listen to these examples:
Hubo una tormenta muy fuerte.There was a big storm.
Hubo muchos problemas con los turistas.There were many problems with the tourists.
Hubo muchas personas en la manifestación.There were many people at the demonstration.
Hubo una fiesta en casa.There was a party at home.
Hubo poca comida en la boda.There was very little food at the wedding.
Hubo algunas jóvenes en la oficina.There were some young people in the office.
In Spanish, you use hubo whether it is followed by one item or many, unlike in English.
are impersonal forms that come from the third person of the verb haber
is in El Pretérito Indefinido
, literally meaning it had.
belongs to a group of verbs that have an irregular stem in El Pretérito Indefinido
but share the same set of endings. To learn more about this have a look at Irregulares en Indefinido/mismas terminaciones
Careful! there's another way to say there was/were:
See also "There was"/"there were" in Spanish: había and Spanish Había vs Hubo (Imperfect vs Preterite)
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