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    Pleases tell me the meaning of the verb form be, and give examples. Thankyou. JAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAM
    Pleases tell me the meaning of the verb form be, and give examples. Thankyou. JAM

    Be:

    I am (I'm)
    You are (you're)
    He/She/It is ( he's, she's, it's)
    We are (we're)
    They are (they're)

    'BE' is used with the Present Participle in Continuous (Progressive) Verbs. It is also used with the Past Participle in the Passive and always with adjective.

    I am hungry.(adjective)
    He/She/It is working.( Present Participle in Continuous (Progressive) )
    We are told how to do it.( Past Participle in the Passive)

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    Pleases tell me the meaning of the verb form be, and give examples. Thankyou. JAM
    From American Heritage Dictionary:

    be (bē)

    v., First and third person singular past indicative was (wŭz, wŏz; wəz when unstressed), second person singular and plural and first and third person plural past indicative were (wûr), past subjunctive were, past participle been (bĭn), present participle be·ing (bē'ĭng), first person singular present indicative am (ăm), second person singular and plural and first and third person plural present indicative are (är), third person singular present indicative is (ĭz), present subjunctive be.

    v.intr.
    To exist in actuality; have life or reality: I think, therefore I am.

    To occupy a specified position: The food is on the table.
    To remain in a certain state or situation undisturbed, untouched, or unmolested: Let the children be.
    To take place; occur: The test was yesterday.
    To go or come: Have you ever been to Italy? Have you been home recently?
    Used as a copula in such senses as:
    To equal in identity: “To be a Christian was to be a Roman” (James Bryce).
    To have a specified significance: A is excellent, C is passing. Let n be the unknown quantity.
    To belong to a specified class or group: The human being is a primate.
    To have or show a specified quality or characteristic: She is witty. All humans are mortal.
    To seem to consist or be made of: The yard is all snow. He is all bluff and no bite.
    To belong; befall: Peace be unto you. Woe is me.
    v.aux.
    Used with the past participle of a transitive verb to form the passive voice: The mayoral election is held annually.
    Used with the present participle of a verb to express a continuing action: We are working to improve housing conditions.
    Used with the infinitive of a verb to express intention, obligation, or future action: She was to call before she left. You are to make the necessary changes.
    Archaic. Used with the past participle of certain intransitive verbs to form the perfect tense: “Where be those roses gone which sweetened so our eyes?” (Philip Sidney).

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