Nov 14

Grammar lesson: a avea – to have

Today I’m learning the verb „to have“ in Romanian. Very useful to say all sorts of things – and like in most languages irregular.

a avea:

eu am

tu ai

el/ea are

noi avem

voi aveți

ei/ele au

The funny thing is that the negative form is being sewn together with the verb. I’ll show you.

To say that you „don’t have“, you place a „nu“ in front of the verb. So you should get:

eu nu am

tu nu ai

el/ea nu are

noi nu avem

voi nu aveți

ei/ele nu au

But since you sew it together to make it shorter, this is what you’ll get:

eu n-am

tu n-ai

el/ea n-are

noi n-avem

voi n-aveți

ei/ele n-au

Do you know French? It’s like saying „Je n’ai pas“ instead of „Je ne ai pas“ which would sound completely weird!

Knowingn the verb „a avea“ („to have“), I can not only say what I have, but also what I feel like at the moment, and what I need:

a avea nevoie de = to need (like the French „avoir besoin de“)

a avea chef de = to feel like (like the French „avoir envie de“)


Am nevoie de o carte. = I need a book.

Am nevoie de o pizza. = I feel like eating pizza. I’d like to eat pizza now.

How do I – beginner of Romanian – know that?
Thanks to Nico of course:

Thank you Nico, great explanation!

And here’s my learning sheet to download: