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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish , from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to grow, become, come into being, appear).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

(present analytic , future analytic beidh, verbal noun bheith)

  1. (intransitive) to be

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is used only with an adjective phrase or prepositional phrase as the predicative, never with a noun phrase as predicate.

Derived terms[edit]


Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

(Zhuyin ㄅㄧˊ)

  1. Pinyin reading of
  2. Pinyin reading of
  3. Pinyin reading of
  4. Pinyin reading of

Navajo[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

  1. third person singular and dual pronoun he, she, it, they two
  2. third person singular and dual possessive pronoun his, hers, its, theirs (for two people)
    1995, Irvy Goossen, Diné Bizaad: Speak, Read, Write Navajo, Salina Bookshelf, ISBN 0-9644189-1-2, page 73:
    Łį́į́łgaii éí shicheii bí. The white horse is my grandfather's.

Derived terms[edit]

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Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

·bí (conjunct), (imperative)

  1. second-person singular consuetudinal present indicative conjunct of at·tá
  2. third-person singular consuetudinal present indicative conjunct of at·tá
  3. second-person singular imperative of at·tá

Descendants[edit]

The following forms are descended from the imperative:

  • Irish:
  • Manx: bee
  • Scottish Gaelic: bi