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    to be verbs

    I didn't see you there. Were you there?
    Is it grammatically wrong if I say "Did you be there?"
    I think both of them can be used, at least in speaking, can't they?

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    Re: to be verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I didn't see you there. Were you there?
    Is it grammatically wrong if I say "Did you be there?"
    I think both of them can be used, at least in speaking, can't they?
    No. "Did you be there" is wrong in standard English.

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    Re: to be verbs

    The auxiliary DO is used with BE only in the negative and the emphatic forms of the imperative:

    Don't be silly.
    Do be careful.

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