verbWord forms: 1st person singular present
tense amWord forms: 2nd person areWord forms: 3rd person isWord forms: plural present tense areWord forms: 1st person singular past
tense wasWord forms: 2nd person wereWord forms: 3rd person wasWord forms: plural past tense wereWord forms: present participle beingWord forms: past participle been (intransitive) 2. (used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only) to pay a visit; go ⇒ have you been to Spain?
3. to take place; occur ⇒ my birthday was last Thursday
5. (takes a present participle) forms the progressive present tense ⇒ the man is running 6. (takes a past participle) forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones ⇒ a good film is being shown on television tonight, ⇒ I am done 8. (takes a past participle) forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come ⇒ the last train is gone
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Word origin of 'be'Old English bēon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is