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Meaning of “be” - Learner’s Dictionary

be

verb     strong /biː/ weak /bi, / ( present participle being, past tense was, past participle been)
DESCRIBE A1 used to describe or give information about someone or something: I'm sixteen. I'm Andy. Her mother is a teacher. He's German. They were very upset. He was very ill last year. I'm sorry I'm late. They've been unlucky. Be quiet!Existing and being
there is/there are/there was, etc A1 used to show that someone or something exists: There were about fifty people at the party. Is there a bank near here?Existing and being
POSITION A1 used to show the position of someone or something: It's been in the cupboard for months. She's in the kitchen.Existing and being
it is/it was, etc used to give a fact or your opinion about something: It's not surprising that she left him. It's a good idea to keep a spare key somewhere safe.Existing and being
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 Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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