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Spanish translation of “be”

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 I’m reading I am being followed What were you saying?. used with a present participle to form a type of future tense
ir a + infinitivo
I’m going to London.
used with a past participle to form the passive voice
ser
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.
deber + infinitivo; tener como propósito
used in giving or asking for information about something or someone
ser, estar
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
ser
beings from outer space.
the be-all and end-all the final aim apart from which nothing is of any real importance
serlo todo
This job isn’t the be-all and end-all of existence.
(Definition of be from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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