Translation of "be" - English-French dictionary

be

verb auxiliary be /bi/ ( pres am, is, are pt was, were pp been pres progressive being )
used with the past participle to form a passive
être

The cars were made in Japan.
Les voitures ont été fabriquées au Japon.

I was given two booklets to read.
On m'a donné deux brochures à lire.
used with the present participle to form progressive tenses
(utilisé avec le participe présent dans les temps progressifs)

I am going out now.
Je sors maintenant.

We were trying to call him.
Nous essayions de l'appeler.
used in the conditional to talk about sth you are imagining
(utilisé au conditionnel pour parler de quelque chose qu'on imagine)

If I were President, I'd change the whole system.
Si j'étais président, je changerais tout le système.
used to form question tags
(utilisé dans les fins de phrases interrogatives)

You're coming too, aren't you?
Tu viens aussi, n'est-ce pas ?

It was raining, wasn't it?
Il pleuvait, non ?

be

linking v be [ bi ] ( pres am, is, are pt was, were pp been pres progressive being )
links descriptive, time, or place information with a noun
être

The dog is male.
Ce chien est un mâle.

My birthday was last week.
C'était mon anniversaire la semaine dernière.

The shoes are $45.
Les chaussures coûtent 45 $.

That book's mine.
Ce livre est à moi.

He's crazy.
Il est fou.

Your coat is in the closet.
Ton manteau est dans le placard.

Is the couch new?
Ce canapé est-il neuf ?
It is/was
used to describe a situation or give an opinion about it
(utilisé pour décrire une situation ou donner une opinion)

It's hot.
Il fait chaud.

It was hard to get her to listen.
Il était difficile de la faire écouter.

The teacher says it's OK to leave now.
Le professeur dit qu'on peut partir maintenant.

It would be sad if you didn't meet her.
Ce serait triste que tu ne la rencontres pas.
used to give the time
il est/il était

It's three o'clock.
Il est trois heures

I think it was about noon.
Je pense qu'il devait être autour de midi.
used to describe a situation or give an opinion about it
(utilisé pour décrire une situation ou donner une opinion)

It's hot.
Il fait chaud.

It was hard to get her to listen.
Il était difficile de la faire écouter.

The teacher says it's OK to leave now.
Le professeur dit qu'on peut partir maintenant.

It would be sad if you didn't meet her.
Ce serait triste que tu ne la rencontres pas.
used to give the time
il est/il était

It's three o'clock.
Il est trois heures

I think it was about noon.
Je pense qu'il devait être autour de midi.
there is/are/were, etc.
indicates sth exists or happens
il y a/avait

There are five classes.
Il y a cinq classes.

Was there anything else happening last night?
Est-ce qu'il s'est passé autre chose la nuit dernière ?
used to tell sb how to behave
(utilisé pour dire à qqn comment se comporter)

Be quiet!
Reste tranquille !

Stop being ridiculous!
Arrête d'être ridicule !
to be equal to
faire

Four plus four is eight.
Quatre plus quatre font huit.

How much is $20 in pounds?
Combien font 20 $ en livres ?

(Translation of “be” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

be

verb /biː/ (present tense am /am/, are //, is /iz/, past tense was /woz/, were /wəː/, present participle being, past participle been /biːn, (American) bin/, subjunctive were /wəː/, short forms I’m /aim/, you’re /juə/, he’s /hiːz/, she’s /ʃiːz/, it’s /its/, we’re /wiə/, they’re /θeə/, negative short forms isn’t /ˈiznt/, aren’t /aːnt/, wasn’t /ˈwoznt/, weren’t /wəːnt/)

used with a present participle to form the progressive or continuous tenses

être
I’m reading
I am being followed
What were you saying?

used with a present participle to form a type of future tense

aller
I’m going to London.

used with a past participle to form the passive voice

être
He was shot.

used with an infinitive to express several ideas, eg necessity (When am I to leave? ), purpose (The letter is to tell us he’s coming ), a possible future happening (If he were to lose, I’d win ) etc.

devoir; aller

used in giving or asking for information about something or someone

être
I am Mr Smith
Is he alive?
She wants to be an actress
The money will be ours
They are being silly.
being noun

existence

existence
When did the Roman Empire come into being?

any living person or thing

créature
beings from outer space.
the be-all and end-all

the final aim apart from which nothing is of any real importance

le but suprême de
This job isn’t the be-all and end-all of existence.

BE

abbreviation /ˈbiː ɡiː/

Bachelor of Engineering; first degree in Engineering.

diplômé en ingénierie

(Translation of “be” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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