Lesson-Hayque

Hay que + infinitive verb

Hay que + infinitive verb

Study the examples below:

  • Hay que trabajar mucho.
  • Hay que aprender la gramática.
  • Hay que hacer la tarea.

The impersonal expression – Hay que + infinitive verb – is used by Spanish speakers to suggest a strong necessity or to indicate that something is needed. “Hay” is the conjugation of verb haber (to have), and in this kind of impersonal sentence it is always used in the third person/singular.

You can translate “hay que + infinitive verb” to “it is necessary to…..” or “one must ….”

Now study the translations of the sentences below:

  • Hay que trabajar mucho. It is necessary to work a lot
  • Hay que aprender la gramática. It is necessary to learn grammar
  • Hay que hacer la tarea. One must do the homework