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    #1

    You are not the (...) / You are not be the (...)

    Hello forum,

    I really feel stupid for asking, but I am not sure about the following sentence structures. Which of them is correct:

    (1) "You are not be the brightest."
    (2) "You are not the brightest."

    Google favours rather the last because of the results (in versions like "You are not the brightest star in the sky"). But I could not say why that one is correct (sorry, it seems to be I am not (be ?) the brightest ).
    Is it generally possible to use "bright" or another adjective like a noun or are the sentence structures above complete nonsense?

    Background - in German there exists a sentence structure "Du bist nicht der Hellste."

    Thank you for help

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    #2

    Re: You are not the (...) / You are not be the (...)

    'You are not the brightest' is correct.

    (Isn't that the word-for-word translation of your German sentence?)

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    Re: You are not the (...) / You are not be the (...)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'You are not the brightest' is correct.

    (Isn't that the word-for-word translation of your German sentence?)

    Hello Rover_KE,

    yes that is the word-for-word translation. But I wasn't sure about the correctness. Thinking about confuses me. "You are not the best". "You be not the best". "You are not be the best". "You don't be the best'. At first, that examples seem all correct for me. I tend to the first, but i cannot give a reason.

    I really feel dumb but I am not able to get the rule behind it. A link could be eventually helpfull.

    Thank you for your help

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    #4

    Re: You are not the (...) / You are not be the (...)

    All verbs except the modals and BE (and, for some people, HAVE) forn their negatives with auxiliary DO, so:

    "You are not the best". - Correct. BE does not need auxiliary DO.
    "You be not the best". - Incorrect - you have used the infinitive forn of BE.
    "You are not be the best". Incorrect. You have used both the second person form of BE and the infinitive.
    "You don't be the best'. Incorrect - BE does not need auxiliary DO.

    "You don't look intelligent." Correct - All verbs except the modals and BE (and, for some people, HAVE) form their negatives with auxiliary DO.
    "You won't be the best." Correct - All verbs except the modals and BE (and, for some people, HAVE) form their negatives with auxiliary DO.

    "I don't have a clue." - Correct for many people.
    "I haven't a clue." - Correct for some people.

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    #5

    Re: You are not the (...) / You are not be the (...)

    Thank you, I think I got it now.

    It's still a long way to go

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