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Hay que...vs. Tener que


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http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/tenque.htm


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hay que = this comes from the verb haber and means "one must" or "it is necessary." It doesn't specify per se "I, you, he, she, we, they" must, but is more impersonal. Example: hay que estudiar = one must study or it is necessary to study.

tiene que = this comes from the verb tener and means "to have to" or "must." The verb tener usually has a specific pronoun (or noun) with it. Ex. Tú tienes que estudiar = you have to study or you must study.

Note that either construction must be followed by an infinitive.

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