Haya y Halla (To be and Find)

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Haya

(Subjuntivo del verbo “haber”)

Cuando algo alcanzó su etapa de desarrollo.

Ej.: ¡No se desespere! Quizá haya alguna medicina alternativa para su mal.

Halla

(Del verbo “hallar”)

Encontrar algo o a alguien.

Ej.: Quien halla un amigo, halla un tesoro.

To be

(Subjunctive of the verb ‘haber’)

When something reaches its development stage.

Ex.: Don’t despair! Maybe there is some alternative medicine for her illness.

Find

(From the verb ‘hallar’)

To find something/someone.

Ex.: Who finds a friend, finds a treasure.

Most Spanish speakers pronounce these two words the same way, what makes it difficult for the students of Spanish to be able to differentiate easily between the two. This is called ‘yeísmo’, a phonetic phenomenon which consists on pronouncing the sound ‘LL’ as ‘Y’. If you can recognize both sounds, that’s perfect. But if you don’t, don’t be panic. Nowadays ‘yeismo’ is accepted in the formal rules of the Spanish language.

In order to make easier for people to recognize these two words, Latino Schools has prepared this Spanish pill so as to explain the most frequent doubts about the use of ‘Haya’ and ‘Halla’.

With the Word ‘Haya’ we can refer to a type of tree, but it can also be used as the first (‘yo’), second (‘usted’) or third person (‘el/ella’) of the subjunctive present tense of the verb ‘haber’ as a verb in an impersonal phrase or accompanied by a participle (so as to form the perfect subjunctive).

On the other hand, we use ‘Halla’ as the second (usted) and third person singular (‘él/ella’) of the present indicative of the verb ‘hallar’ or the second person singular of the imperative (‘tú’). In both cases, the word is associated with the discovering of something, the understanding of something or the finding of something or someone in a place.

Now we will show you some explicative examples which will help you understand grammar explanations:

Confío en que María haya aprobado sus exámenes.

I trust Maria has passed her exams.

La sede de la organización se halla en París.

The headquarters of the organization is located in Paris.

Quizá haya algo que podamos hacer.

Maybe we can do something about it.

No sé cómo lo hace, pero siempre halla la solución a todos los problemas.

I don’t know how he does it, but he has always found the solution to every problem.

Espera a que yo haya llegado para preparar la comida.

Wait till I’ve arrived to prepare the food.

La casa se halla a medio camino entre el mar y el centro del pueblo.

The house is halfway between the sea and the centre of the village.

Aunque haya tormenta no cancelaremos el viaje.

Even if there is a storm, we will not cancel the trip.

La flora se halla en su máximo esplendor en primavera.

The flora is at its best in spring.

Mientras haya dinero en la cuenta no habrá problemas con los recibos.

While there’ s money in the account there’ s no problem with the bills.

Halla la hipotenusa del triángulo isósceles.

Find the hypotenuse of the isosceles triangle.

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