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be

be

 
pronunciation:
bi
parts of speech:
verb, auxiliary verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: verb
inflections: am, is, are, being, was, were, been
definition 1: to live or exist.
There once was a railroad here.
similar words:
exist
definition 2: to take place or happen.
The game is today.
similar words:
occur
definition 3: to occupy a certain place or position.
They are across the street.
similar words:
stand
definition 4: used to connect the subject of a sentence to a noun or adjective that describes it.
She is a doctor.He is thin.I am hungry.
definition 5: used to introduce a command or a question.
Be quiet.Is she here yet?
 
part of speech: auxiliary verb
inflections: am, are, been, being, is, was, were
definition 1: used with a present participle to show a continuing action.
It is raining.
definition 2: used with the present participle or infinitive of a verb to show a future action that is required or intended.
They are seeing me tomorrow.He is to go straight home.
definition 3: used with the past participle of another verb to connect the subject of the sentence to actions done to it.
We were pushed and shoved on the subway.
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word bee (a flying insect)? Be and bee sound alike but have different meanings.