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The WORD "Be"

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The WORD "Be"

Postby Rasheed » Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:39 am

I would like to ask about the word "be".

Is there meaning itself (only) the word 'be"? Like other words, get, take, put?

We can see in dictionary (with oxford) the meaning of be = exist,remain,live. I think sometimes it has strong and important meaning.

Ex."You must be at the police station tomorrow" It means the present of the person is must." he should be at office".But one educated man told me that"be" hasnt any meaning itself (only). I don't think it is true. Any words alone doesn't comlete to express the idea, that is My thought.

Ex_some one said :"get", or take._doesn't expree the complete meaning or requires _what should "get? when should "get?. some one said: "be"_doesn't complete to express the idea. see this" To be or not to be'. If 'be" meaning less , what does this meaning? .Many word are used in different meaning,that doesn't mean the word hasn't any meaning. So may I know which is right? Thanks
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Re: The word "Be"

Postby Josef » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:55 pm

I think, from reading your post above, that your question is:
Rasheed wrote:Is there meaning itself (only) the word "be"?

And the answer is yes. Any good dictionary will give you three or four different meanings or definitions of the verb "be" (as a main verb).
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Re: The WORD "Be"

Postby JCloninger » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:03 am

"be" in english is used as a verb of existence, or as a copula. It can also be used (as in the sentence I'm writing now) to mean "in a state of something".

"to be ready" = "in a state of readiness"
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