avea

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin habēre, present active infinitive of habeō ‎(have, hold, possess), probably from a Proto-Italic *habēō or *haβēō, possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰh₁bʰ- ‎(to grab, to take).

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) to have
    Eu am o soră.
    I have a sister.
  2. (reflexive, accusative, often with cu) to stand
    a se avea bine/rău (cu cineva)
    to be on good/bad terms (with someone)
  3. (auxiliary) Used to form other tenses.
    1. Used with past participles to form the compound perfect tense.: to have (done)
      Eu te-am văzut pe tine.
      I have seen you.
      Te-a văzut pe tine?
      Has he seen you?
    2. Used with a subjunctive to form a variant of the future tense.
      Am să te vizitez odată.
      I will visit you sometime.
    3. Used with an infinitive to form the conditional present tense.
      face-o dacă putea.
      I would do it if I could.
      Ai vrea vii cu mine?
      Would you like to come with me?
    4. Used with fi and a past participle to form the conditional perfect tense.
      fi venit dacă fi avut timp.
      I would have come if I had time.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb avea has three conjugations, shown below: one when used as a full verb or to form the future tense (el/ea are), one when forming the compound perfect tense (el/ea a) and one when forming the conditional present and past tenses (el/ea ar).

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