Meaning of “be” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk strong /biː/ weak /bi, / present participle being, past tense was, past participle been
She's tall.Is she French?Are you ready?He was angry.Don't be silly!

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!
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?

A1 used to show the position of someone or something:

It's been in the cupboard for months.
She's in the kitchen.
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.

(Definition of “be verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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