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    be as a simple past

    be = simple present
    being = present participle
    been = past participle
    ? = simple past

    Could you tell me the `be' form of word when we use it in a simple past tense in Active Voice?

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    Re: be as a simple past

    Do you mean "was"?

    "be" isn't simple present - I think it's am, are, is

    I am a patient person. You are being patient while you wait for her answer. You have been very patient through all of this. I was patient for a year, but my patience is at an end.

    Gary, is that what you meant?


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    Re: be as a simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you mean "was"?

    "be" isn't simple present - I think it's am, are, is

    I am a patient person. You are being patient while you wait for her answer. You have been very patient through all of this. I was patient for a year, but my patience is at an end.

    Gary, is that what you meant?
    Thank you Barb

    Here is my doubt :

    You are being patient while you wait for her answer.

    This sentence is [present progressive] where `being' is the main verb. And I think `being' is present participle here.

    Similarly,
    You have been very patient through all of this.
    Here [been = past participle] and this sentence is present perfect.


    Conclusion :
    So, `being' = present participle, `been' = past participle, be = simple present and now I am wondering
    what is the past tense of `be'?

    Could you help me on this?

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    Re: be as a simple past

    (to) be=infinitive
    am/is/are=simple present
    was/were=simple past

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Barb

    Here is my doubt :

    You are being patient while you wait for her answer.

    This sentence is [present progressive] where `being' is the main verb. And I think `being' is present participle here.

    Similarly,
    You have been very patient through all of this.
    Here [been = past participle] and this sentence is present perfect.


    Conclusion :
    So, `being' = present participle, `been' = past participle, be = simple present and now I am wondering
    what is the past tense of `be'?

    Could you help me on this?


    'to be' is an infinitive.
    when u conjugate the verb it goes as I am , you are we are, he/she/it is and they are. you usually dont see be as a verb on its own.
    but come to think of it suppose i say 'Please be quiet' then here it shd. be present. past tense is 'was' or were.

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    Re: be as a simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by rats View Post
    'to be' is an infinitive.
    when u conjugate the verb it goes as I am , you are we are, he/she/it is and they are. you usually dont see be as a verb on its own.
    but come to think of it suppose i say 'Please be quiet' then here it shd. be present. past tense is 'was' or were.
    In 'Be quiet' the verb form is imperative. Affirmative imperatives have the same form as the infinitive without 'to'.

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    Re: be as a simple past

    Let's do a quick refresher on the verb be.

    It has eight forms - more than any other English verb:

    be am are is was were being been

    These forms have the following uses:

    be

    1. "base form" or infinitive

    I am going to be home by six.
    I will be at the supermarket.


    2. subjunctive

    I recommend that the meeting be ajourned.
    God be with you!


    am

    present 1st person singular

    I am a doctor

    are

    present 2nd person and all plural persons

    You are my best friend.
    They're in the house.


    is

    present 3rd person singular

    Jennifer is always late.

    was

    past 1st and 3rd person singular

    I was at the movies last night.
    Jim was angry with his brother.


    were

    1. past 2nd person and all plural persons

    You were my favourite singer.
    We were ready to leave.


    2. 1st and 3rd person singular subjunctive in a conditional statement

    If I were you, I'd be upset.

    being

    1. "-ing" word or present participle used with be in the progressive verb construction

    We were being very quiet.

    2. "-ing" word or "gerund"

    My being hungry does not mean I'll eat those wretched tacos.

    been

    1. past participle

    It has been three days since Tom left town.

    2. tiresome British TV comedy personality Mr. Been

    Ha ha! Just kidding!


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    Re: be as a simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    In 'Be quiet' the verb form is imperative. Affirmative imperatives have the same form as the infinitive without 'to'.
    Thank you everybody.

    Queenbu - I can't understand the above explanation of yours.
    Could you elaborate your explanation so that I can understand?

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    Re: be as a simple past

    The infinitive is the form "to be."
    An imperative is when you give someone a command: Be quiet!

    (The affirmative imperative means to tell someone to do something, not to NOT do something.)

    If you take any infinitive - to color, to drive, to sit - you make the imperative by using it without the "to."
    Color the apple red, drive on the right, sit there.


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    Re: be as a simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The infinitive is the form "to be."
    An imperative is when you give someone a command: Be quiet!

    (The affirmative imperative means to tell someone to do something, not to NOT do something.)

    If you take any infinitive - to color, to drive, to sit - you make the imperative by using it without the "to."
    Color the apple red, drive on the right, sit there.
    Thank you very much friend.

    I got it.

    That means in this sentence (Please be quiet), be is a main verb?
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