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be

verb
 
/bi/ ( present participle being, past tense was, past participle been)
A1 used to describe someone or something: I’m Maria (= I am Maria). I’m sixteen. He’s German (= He is German). They were sick. Be quiet!
there is/there are A1 used to show that someone or something exists: There are three of us. Is there a bank near here?
A1 used to show where someone or something is: She’s in the kitchen.
it is, it was, etc. used to give a fact or your opinion about something: It’s a good idea. It’s a big problem.
Translations of “be”
in Arabic فِعْل الكَوْن, يَكوْن (للدَّلالَة عَلى المَكان)…
in Korean (사람이나 사물을 묘사할때 쓰임)-이다, (위치의 의미에서)-에 있다…
in Malaysian sedang, akan, telah…
in French être, aller, devoir…
in Turkish be' fiili, olmak anlamında bir şeyi tasvir etmek ya da bilgi vermek için kullanılır, birinin ya da bir şeyin durumunu belirtmek için kullanılır…
in Italian essere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 描述, (用來說明人、事物或狀態,表示性質、狀態、工作等), (表示時間或方位)…
in Russian глагол-связка быть, быть, находиться…
in Polish być, stanowić…
in Vietnamese đang, định, sẽ…
in Spanish estar + gerundio, ir a + infinitivo, ser…
in Portuguese ser, estar…
in Thai ใช้กับรูปกริยา present participle แสดงการกระทำที่กำลังเกิดขึ้นในปัจจุบัน, ใช้กับรูปกริยา present participle แสดงการกระทำที่จะเกิดขึ้นในอนาคต, ใช้กับรูปกริยา past participle แสดงกรรมวาจก…
in German sein, im Begriff sein zu, wurde…
in Catalan ésser, estar…
in Japanese ~である, ~だ, (場所に)いる…
in Indonesian berfungsi untuk menyatakan kalimat sedang, akan, berfungsi membentuk kalimat pasif…
in Chinese (Simplified) 描述, (用来说明人、事物或状态,表示性质、状态、工作等), (表示时间或方位)…
(Definition of be verb from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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