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BTW, I cannot find any Russian source, where "бы" is noted as aorist of "быть"... :-/
I think that "бы", like English "would", "could" are particles..
- The English words would and could are verb forms. While Russian бы is now thought of as a particle, it comes from OCS бъіти: (singular aorist) бѣхъ, бѣ, бѣ, etc. And while it’s now considered a particle, it is a significant element of the Russian system of conjugation, and any student of Russian will expect to find бы treated with verbs. —Stephen 08:13, 11 June 2006 (UTC)
- Oh, now I've understand it, thanks. If it is for students, I agree. --Jaroslavleff 08:15, 11 June 2006 (UTC)