The verb 'hay' is a special form of the verb 'haber'.

It means "there is/there are" in English.

There is no difference between the singular and plural form. This means that for the two sentences:

  • There is one cat.
  • There are 2 cats.

They are both translated like this:

  • Hay un gato.
  • Hay 2 gatos.

Yes, it's really that easy!

Don't get this verb confused with SER or ESTAR though!

If you just want to indicate that something/someone "exists", then you can use HAY.

If you say "Son dos gatos." It means "They are 2 cats." You are identifying what they are - it's a little different then just pointing out that there exist 2 cats in a specific area.

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