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En el cofre había unos libros antiguos.




In the chest there were some antique books.


Había es el Pretérito Imperfecto del verbo haber. Igual que en su forma en Presente (hay), siempre se conjuga en la tercera persona del singular, independiente mente de que el complemento que le acompaña esté en singular o en plural: Hay muchos libros / Habían muchos libros.


     1. prep. in, at, on
     2. prep. in (a time)
     3. prep. in (a language)
     4. prep. n-g-lite, used after some verbs and translated by various prepositions in English
     5. prep. in (in various expressions)
     1. art. (n-g-lite, masculine singular definite article); the
     2. art. n-g-lite, feminine singular definite article used before nouns which start with a stressed 'a':
     1. n-m. chest, coffer, trunk
     2. n-m. safe
     3. n-m. bonnet, hood (engine compartment of a car)
     1. v. of haber
          1. v. (auxiliary verb taking past participle to build various perfect tenses) to have
          2. v. (obsolete) to hold, to possess
          3. v. (impersonal, in third person singular only) to exist; “there is”, “there are” (hay); “there was”, “there were” (había)
          4. v. , passage=Tan largo el silencio que hubo entre nosotros dos, t=The silence that was between the two of us was so long
          5. v. (dated, or formal) to have to (+ de + infinitive)
          6. v. , passage=Aquí, me dijo, has de trabajar., t=Here, he told me, you have to work.
          7. v. (Used only in the third-person existential form) to be necessary (+ que + infinitive)
          8. v. used to denote a past obligation
          9. n-m. asset
          10. n-m. history
          11. n-m. credit side
     1. art. masculine plural of un
     2. det. plural of uno: some, a few
     3. det. (with a specific time) about, approximately
     4. pron. plural of uno: some, a few
     1. n. plural of libro
          1. n-m. book
          2. v. of librar
     1. adj. masculine plural of antiguo
     2. n. (philosophy) the ancients
          1. adj. old, former, erstwhile, quondam, one-time, onetime
          2. adj. old, ancient, age-old
          3. adj. vintage, antique
          4. adj. old-fashioned, outdated, old-style, old-time
          5. adj. long-standing, longstanding
          6. v. of antiguar

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