The Verb Haver

If you’ve been learning Portuguese for a while, and if you’ve done our unit on ~ER Verbs (if you haven’t, go do it now!), you might’ve noticed a glaring absence: the verb Haver (“to exist”). Along with Ser and Estar, Haver is one of the most essential and versatile Portuguese verbs.
For the purposes of this lesson, let’s look at the two most common tenses of the verb:

INDICATIVE (Indicativo)

Present (Presente) Simple Past (Pretérito Perfeito)
Eu hei
Tu hás houveste
Ele/Ela/Você houve
Nós havemos houvemos
Eles/Elas/Vocês hão houveram

It looks pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Well, Haver is an odd beast, as we shall see in the next two lessons. The verb Haver can be used in three different ways: to indicate that something exists, to indicate that something has happened in the past, or to say that something will happen in the future.