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English definition of “be”

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
(Definition of be verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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