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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..

бы at there it is indicated as "частица" (particle). --Jaroslavleff 07:58, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

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) Template:RUchar, 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)


You said that you couldn’t find a source about the aorist. I’ve added the conjugation of OCS бъіти that shows it. —Stephen 10:01, 11 June 2006 (UTC)