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There are several phrases in Spanish that use tener where in English we use the verb to be.

tener (mucha) hambre

to be (very) hungry

tener (mucha) sed

to be (very) thirsty

tener (mucho) frío

to be (very) cold

tener (mucho) calor

to be (very) warm

tener (mucho) miedo

to be (very) afraid

tener (mucha) suerte

to be (very) lucky

tener (mucha) prisa

to be in a (big) hurry

tener (mucho) sueño

to be (very) sleepy, tired

tener razón

to be right

no tener razón

to be wrong

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