être

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See also: etre and étre

Bourbonnais-Berrichon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French estre, from Latin sum.

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être

  1. to be

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French estre, ultimately from a merger of Latin esse (to be) and stare (to stand). Some forms additionally derive from sedēre (to sit).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

être

  1. to be
    Vous devez être plus clairs.
    You must be clearer.
  2. (auxiliary) Used to form the perfect and pluperfect tense of certain verbs (including all reflexive verbs)
    Après être allé au yoga, je suis rentré chez moi.
    After having gone to yoga, I came back home.
  3. (semi-auxiliary) to be (Used to form the passive voice)
    Il peut être battu ce soir.
    He could be beaten this evening.

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Pages starting with “être”.

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Noun[edit]

être m (plural êtres)

  1. being, creature
  2. (uncountable) being, the state or fact of existence

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Lorrain[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French estre, from Latin sum.

Verb[edit]

être

  1. to be

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Norman[edit]

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Verb[edit]

être

  1. (Jersey) Alternative form of êt’