Significado de “be” - Diccionario Inglés

Significado de "be" - Diccionario Inglés

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beverb

uk strong /biː/ weak /bi/ weak // us strong /biː/ weak /bi/ weak // being, was, were, been

be verb (DESCRIPTION)

A1 [ L ] used to say something about a person, thing, or state, to show a permanent or temporary quality, state, job, etc.:

He is rich.
It's cold today.
I'm Andy.
That's all for now.
What do you want to be (= what job do you want to do) when you grow up?
These books are (= cost) $3 each.
Being afraid of the dark, she always slept with the light on.
Never having been ill himself, he wasn't a sympathetic listener.
Be quiet!
[ + -ing verb ] The problem is deciding what to do.
[ + that ] The general feeling is that she should be asked to leave.
It's not that I don't like her - it's just that we rarely agree on anything!

A1 [ I usually + adv/prep ] used to show the position of a person or thing in space or time:

The food was already on the table.
Is anyone there?
The meeting is now (= will happen) next Tuesday.
There's a hair in my soup.

[ L ] used to show what something is made of:

Is this plate pure gold?

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be verb (ALLOW)

[ + to infinitive ] formal used to say that someone should or must do something:

You're to sit in the corner and keep quiet.
Their mother said they were not to (= not allowed to) play near the river.
There's no money left - what are we to do?

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be verb (FUTURE)

[ + to infinitive ] formal used to show that something will happen in the future:

We are to (= we are going to) visit Australia in the spring.
She was never to see (= she never saw) her brother again.

[ + to infinitive ] used in conditional sentences to say what might happen:

If I were to refuse they'd be very annoyed.
formal Were I to refuse they'd be very annoyed.

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be verb (CAN)

[ + to infinitive ] used to say what can happen:

The exhibition of modern prints is currently to be seen at the City Gallery.

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beauxiliary verb

uk strong /biː/ /bi/ // us /biː/ /bi/ // being, was, were, been

be auxiliary verb (CONTINUE)

A2 [ + -ing verb ] used with the present participle of other verbs to describe actions that are or were still continuing:

I'm still eating.
She's studying to be a lawyer.
The audience clearly wasn't enjoying the show.
You're always complaining.
I'll be coming back (= I plan to come back) on Tuesday.

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be auxiliary verb (PASSIVE)

A2 [ + past participle ] used with the past participle of other verbs to form the passive:

I'd like to go but I haven't been asked.
Troublemakers are encouraged to leave.
A body has been discovered by the police.

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(Definition of “be” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Significado de "be" - Diccionario Inglés Americano

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beverb

us /bi/ present tense am /æm/ are /ɑr/ is /ɪz/ , present participle being /ˈbi·ɪŋ/ , past tense was /wʌz/ were /wɜr/ , past participle been /bɪn/

be verb (RELATIONSHIP)

used to connect two things or a thing with something that it has as a quality or condition:

[ L ] It is cold today.
[ L ] My name is Andy.
[ L ] She is a doctor.
[ L ] How old are you?
[ L ] These books are (= cost) $12.99 each.
[ L ] Please be patient.

Be is also used to show the position of a person or thing in space or time:

be verb (EXIST)

[ L ] to exist:

She apologized for the way things are around here.
There was no sound.

beauxiliary verb

us /bi/

be auxiliary verb (CONTINUE)

present tense am /æm/ are /ɑr/ is /ɪz/ , present participle being /ˈbi·ɪŋ/ , past tense was /wʌz/ were /wɜr/ , past participle been /bɪn/ used with the present participle of other verbs to describe actions that are or were continuing:

You are being very selfish.
She was studying to be a lawyer.
It is raining.
I’ll be coming back (= I plan to come back).

be auxiliary verb (PASSIVE)

present tense am /æm/ are /ɑr/ is /ɪz/ , present participle being /ˈbi·ɪŋ/ , past tense was /wʌz/ were /wɜr/ , past participle been /bɪn/ used with the past participle of other verbs to form the passive:

He was asked to wait.
Please be seated.
The World Trade Center was built in the early 1970s.

be auxiliary verb (POSSIBLE CONDITION)

past tense were /wər/ were used to show the possibility of a condition or of something happening in the future:

If I were afraid of you, why would I be here?
If you were allowed to have one wish, what would it be?
Note: In grammar, this form of be is called the subjunctive.

be auxiliary verb (FUTURE)

present tense am /æm/ are /ɑr/ is /ɪz/ , past tense was /wʌz/ were /wɜr/ fml used to say what will happen:

be auxiliary verb (ALLOW)

present tense am /æm/ are /ɑr/ is /ɪz/ , past tense was /wʌz/ were /wɜr/ fml used to tell people they must or should do something:

[ + to infinitive ] Their mother said they were to play nearby.

(Definition of “be” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)