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A, ha or ah?

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When to use a, ha or ah

When to use “a” 

“A” is a preposition. In English it mostly translates to “at,” “to,” “by” depending on how we use it. Ex:

  • Fui a Ecuador (to)
  • Empecé a hablar (to)
  • La fiesta es a las cuatro (at)
  • Llegué a pie (by)


When to use “ha” 

“Ha” comes from the verb “haber” and it is used as an auxiliary verb for “él,” “ella” y usted as in “él ha comido” (Think of how in English we use the verb “to have”). Ex:

  • Él ha comido mucho hoy. (He has eaten)
  • Usted ha dicho demasiado (You have said too much)
  • Ella ha ganado un premio (She has won a prize)


When to use “ah” 

“Ah” is an interjection (words that we use to express sudden emotions – like yikes, oh, huh, etc). “Ah” is mostly used to express admiration, surprise, or sadness.  Ex:

  • ¡Ah, es maravilloso!
  • ¡Ah, qué pena que esto haya sucedido!
  • ¡Ah! ¿Eres tú


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