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The compound tenses in English are created by using the past participle form after a conjugated  form of the helping verb “to have” (“has,” “have,” or “had”). Unfortunately, the English language also  has a verb of possession that looks and sounds exactly the same. Which of the following sentences  includes the helping verb?  have  studied.  have  a book.  The only way to know that the first “have” is a helping verb is to notice that it is followed by a verb in  its past participle form. When you are writing a Spanish sentence, you need to determine whether  you are stating that someone has (possesses) something, which requires the verb  tener  (“to have”),  or that someone has done something, which requires you to create a compound tense by using the  Spanish helping verb  haber  (“to have done …”).  The only other use for 
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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