3.2.4 To Have & Have Not...
In it's basic form Tener is the verb for 'to have' or 'to possess'. As in 'I have two dogs' or 'We have one car'.
Tener does however, see itself used in a wide variety of situations which makes it an incredibly useful tool for expressing yourself. What's more, none of them are in any way difficult.
1. Possession -To Have
To possess- Simple, as shown above, if you have/own/possess something, use Tener. 'Tengo dos perros' (I have two dogs).
2. Obligation - To have to
To have to or To must- By adding 'que', it means that you must do something. This form is 'Tener que'. As in 'You have to study now' = 'Tienes que estudiar ahora'.
3. Sometimes, 'To be' = 'To have' in Spanish
'To be' - In English we use 'to be' (be, am, are, is etc) to say things like 'You are right' or 'I am hungry'. In Spanish you say 'tienes razon' (you have reason) or 'tengo hambre' (I have hunger).
Forms of Tener
The present tense conjugations for Tener are...