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From Latin habēre, present active infinitive of habeō ‎(have, hold, possess), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰh₁bʰ- ‎(to grab, to take).



a avea ‎(third-person singular present are, past participle avut2nd conj.

  1. (transitive) to have
    Eu am o soră.
    I have a sister.
  2. (auxiliary, with past participles) to have (done)
    Eu te-am văzut pe tine.
    I have seen you
    Te-a văzut pe tine?
    Has he seen you?
  3. (reflexive, accusative, often with cu) to stand
    A se avea bine/rău (cu cineva)
    To be on good/bad terms (with someone)


Usage notes[edit]

When using the verb as an auxiliary with a past participle to mean "have done" (perfect compus tense), the conjugation changes slightly. The third person singular becomes a ("el/ea a") instead of are, the first person plural becomes am ("noi am") instead of avem, and the second person plural becomes ați ("voi ați") instead of aveți. The rest remain the same as the standard conjugation.


infinitive a avea (auxiliary)
person singular plural
first second third first second third
indicative eu tu el/ea noi voi ei/ele
present am ai a am ați au

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