Spanish translation of “be”
be verb /biː/ (present tense am /am/, are /aː/, 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
I’m reading I am being followed What were you saying?. › used with a present participle to form a type of future tense
I’m going to London. › used with a past participle to form the passive voice
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.
› used in giving or asking for information about something or someone
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
When did the Roman Empire come into being? › any living person or thing
beings from outer space. the be-all and end-all › the final aim apart from which nothing is of any real importance
This job isn’t the be-all and end-all of existence.