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Questions tagged [be]

For questions relating to the verb to be.

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to be + past participle

I wanted to ask a lot of questions concerning this phrase: I always consult with my children who are affected by the decisions to be made. What role does the particle "to" perform in this phrase?...
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Is “you are yourself” grammatically correct?

I know what "be yourself" means. I usually see people using it in some sentences like "You have to be yourself", "You must be yourself" etc., but I barely see anyone saying "You are yourself". Is ...
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What are the naunces of the placement of 'be' in the following two sentences?

I'm translating a bit of dialogue (from Japanese to English, in case anyone was wondering) in which Character A is speaking to character B. The possible translations I came up with are: "There’s no ...
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Why “were” needs to be added in this sentence? If he were smarter he would do this [duplicate]

If he were smarter he would do this When we use he, she, it in the past tense we need to use was and I, we, you and they we need to use were. right? But why we are using were in the above sentence?
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Is it correct to say “the origins of {X} was…”?

In the following sentence, is it correct the use of the verb was? As both Engines of Privilege and another new book on the top tier of private schools, Gilded Youth by James Brooke-Smith, explain, ...
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Questions about “get” and “be”

Is it good English to write the following passive sentences, considering that it should describe what a system is doing in general (but maybe not necessarily at the moment)? I am interested in the ...
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Who are or who is?

I have a sentence: They are planning to have holidays soon. What will be the question? Who IS planning to have their holidays soon? or Who ARE planning to have their holidays soon?
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Third person singular or plural form of “to be” with plural noun in question

A disagreement with a colleague: I say "What measures are your company currently implementing?"; she says "what measures is your company currently implementing?". It seems obvious to me I am right! ...
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'Would' vs 'Will' at the start of the sentence [duplicate]

I was updating my WhatsApp status today. While writing caption of a photo I couldn't decide whether to use 'Will' here or 'Would': Would/will your reaction be any different if you miss the bus on ...
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The form of the verb to be in the questions with “and” and “or”

Should I use was or were in sentences like this: Who was/were the bride and groom? In my opinion, both are possible, but I don't know why. What to use if there is or instead of and?
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“To be” as a state

In Catalan and in Spanish we have two verbs: "ser" and "estar" . Both translate into English as "to be". One of the uses of "estar" is to say that something is in a certain state or place. So, for ...
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Pronunciation of ‘been’

As a non-native speaker, I often hear the word ‘been’ pronounced as /bɪn/ instead /biːn/ as I expect from the double ‘ee’. The phonetic transcritpion in the MacMillan dictionary is /biːn/ for the ...
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What tense is this? “to be + to verb”

For example, "If we are to achieve our objectives..." or "What is to be done?" What tense is this? In my understanding, we're talking about the future, but it's a weird sort of "tense" I haven't ...
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“Are to” and “Have to”

There's a question in an exam paper to which there's only one answer: Students ______ to make tough decisions after the final exams are out. Between 'have' and 'are', which most suitably fills ...
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Proper tense for 'to be' in non-if conditional clauses [closed]

You will receive your money back under the condition that the product (is / be / will be / ?) returned in the original packaging. This method removes the constraint that the batteries (are / be / ...
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to be in present progressive

Sometimes in songs I see sentences in present progressive without verb to be, like - she getting down. Is it right?
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Is “is” an auxiliary verb in the sentence “My mum's bag is blue”? [duplicate]

My mum's bag is blue. Is is an auxiliary verb in that sentence? If not, what is it? Is “is” an auxiliary verb in the sentence “John is working now”? was suggested as a possible duplicate, but that ...
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“would” as an auxiliary for present tense conditionals

Both of these sentences feel wrong to me: if I am alone, I will go today if I would be alone, I will go today By looking up some rules, it seems that using would in the protasis is a common mistake,...
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Is “is” in this sentence necessary?

I'm a Chinese student, and in my recent writing exercise, I wrote a sentence as follows: Maybe he is not capable of conquering the sea now, for his flesh too weak, his strength so poor and his ...
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Be we all here?

The passage below is taken from Life's Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy. My question concerns "Now be we all here?". I understand that it means "Now are we all here?". The writer might have left the ...
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Is “I be”, grammatically correct?

Bishop Robert a prominent Hebraist and theologian, with fixed and eccentric opinions about language, wrote "A short introduction to English grammar(1762). Many schoolroom grammars in use to this day ...
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How to identify subjects and verbs in a sentence? [closed]

"Just as expert carpenters must be thoroughly acquainted with the tools of their craft and artists must have expert knowledge of colors, so good writers must have a thorough understanding of the basic ...
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Second “To Be” with Irrealis/Past Subjunctive

Assuming that I'm a person who uses irrealis subjunctive, and every part of the example situation is hypothetical, which of the following is more correct? Option 1: If I were ever in a store where I ...
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What's the subject of “There is my biscuit!” ? And how about “There is one biscuit left”?

What's the subject, grammatically speaking, of these sentences? There is my biscuit! My biscuit is there! There is one biscuit left. I don't really know how to analyze these. The following ...
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Using Be or Being for initial word [closed]

I don't know which word is right for this sentence: Be at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands. or Being at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands. ...
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how to answer would you be able to come in for an interview on {date} at {time}? [closed]

how to answer would you be able to come in for an interview on ***date*** at ***time***? is it okay to use : I will be available at aforementioned date and time. or yes i would.
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Has/have been vs was/were

I understand we should use has/have been for something which started in past and still continuing in present. But is it right to use for something which started in past but has just completed or ...
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“A book to be read” vs “a book to read”

Which is grammatically correct: "a book to be read" or "a book to read"? And what is the difference?
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“was to be” vs “was to have been”

I have a question He was to be home by now. Does it mean he was supposed to come home either before now or maybe by now? He was to have been home by now. That means he was supposed ...
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Is there a rule forbidding the use of “is” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Is there any justification for using “is” at the end of an English sentence, or is there a rule that forbids this?
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Can I end a sentence with “is”? [duplicate]

I am writing a research paper and intend to write this sentence : Even a cursory reading of the news reveals how grossly inaccurate that assumption is. Is that an accurate and appropriate ...
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Be + Infinitive Passive Construction

I was wondering if given the formal construction 'be + infinitive' I may do it passive like these: The president is to be visited by… or past meaning He was to be visited (… and he was) or ...
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What is the verb 'to be' for the phrase “The mechanics of the mind”?

Should one use "the mechanics of the mind are" or "the mechanics of the mind is? The term "mechanics", used in this sense, seems to be an uncountable noun.
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“I have been thinking” vs “I am thinking” [closed]

What is the difference between these two I have been thinking about you. I am thinking about you.
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Repetition of the verb “to be” after let [duplicate]

If one has multiple sentences all of the form "Let x be y" written successively. Is it grammatically correct to write "and god said "let apples be red, oranges be orange, etc""?. Is it possible to not ...
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Which one is correct to say: “It's me” or “It's I”?

I was taught at school that the following expression is not grammatically correct: Who is there? It's me. The correct one is: Who is there? It's I. Can you let me know which one is accurate? ...
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What's to do? vs. What's to be done?

In order to ask What should be done? or What should we do? using an infinitival clause, you can readily say What's to be done? or What to do?. (1) What's to do? But I've heard (1) used in the ...
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“to resolve that sth be done” or “to resolve that sth shall be done”?

The Board of Directors of the company has resolved that the capital be raised from 1,000,000 € to 9,000,000 €. The Board of Directors of the company has resolved that the capital shall be raised from ...
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URGENT: Can you please help decide the correct verb to be?

Please leave the construction the same way - unless there is something seriously wrong with it - and please help decide the verb: There IS much information to be reviewed and processed, and more ...
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Can “Made” be used as adjective also? [closed]

Sentence: 1.Sweets are made from milk. 2.This building is made of stone and brick. In above "made" is adjective or "verb"? Since "made" is followed by "be verb form" in above sentences.
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Be verb v.s. Represent

I am writing a formal paper (science journal) that contains a lot of mathematical equations. People use the word 'represents' and 'is' to describe the variable. For example, We define a set by A = ...
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Construction of “woe is me”

The expression “woe is me” (meaning) looks strange. On the surface, it seems to mean “an unhappy event is me”. Sure, it's an old idiom, undoubtedly reflecting vocabulary or grammar that is no longer ...
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use of “be -ed verb” structure [duplicate]

Could someone explain the grammar to me - use of "be changed" in The report recommends that radar screens be changed. Why it is used like this? What does this usage should express? Where (under what ...
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Is it considered correct usage to end sentences with “is” or "are?

Sometimes, we need to end sentences with "is" or "are" to avoid repetition, but is it correct in formal language? For example: Only error-free documents are taken seriously. I will make sure yours ...
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Why “the powers that be”?

In the phrase "the powers that be," as in the sentence: It would never have occurred to the powers that be to run and supervise the National Lottery from anywhere but London. (Oxford ...
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The usage of “To be”

In this sentence "After 2 years of contribution, the staff held an internal meeting with the director to request that his salary be increased to 2000$ monthly" I wonder why we use "be" but not "to be"...
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Verb do + verb to be + ing form

What are the correct tenses to use in the following sentence between gerund and infinitive? What I do at this point is ____ home and _____ dinner. Should I write: What I do at this point is ...
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“Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s (is)”

Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s. Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s is. These two sentences both seem to be correct to me, but I am in doubt about ...
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“It is fun to be him/he.” Which is correct?

Would you use him or he in the following sentence? It is fun to be him/he. A teacher told me that you use the object form after the infinitive of to be. Is this true? I am a native English ...