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Questions tagged [be]

For questions relating to the verb 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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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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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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“Should have been us” or “Should have been we”?

I understand that "have been" is a form of the linking verb "to be", so it can only take a predicate nominative. But saying "It should've been us" sounds better.
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of these is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is preferred? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods that help... ...
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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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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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Question Be … like?

I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct: Q: What will be your typical day at work like? I am curious about the word order - shouldn't it be "What will your typical day at work be ...
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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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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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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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Should it be “is” or “are” in this construction?

One could say: The audience is cheering. However, it sounds strange saying: The audience is the people who are cheering. Should it be this instead? The audience are the people who are ...
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Is there a category name for verbs beginning with 'be-'? Is 'be-' a general prefix for words?

I wonder about words like: Beseech Befallen Beholder (?) Bewitch Befool Befriend Befog and so on... Those words have always caught my attention, and I find them somewhat more sophisticated. My ...
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Can the verb 'be' be modified by a prepositional phrase?

There's a question about whether it's possible to modify the verb be, but the main focus there is on modification by adverbs, not prepositional phrases. I found some legitimate instances of be ...
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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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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 = ...