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See also: byt, byť, and by't


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From Old Czech býti, from Proto-Slavic *byti.


  • IPA(key): [ˈbiːt]
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  • Hyphenation: být
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • Homophone: bít


být impf

  1. to be
    Ten kabát je vlhkýThe coat is wet.
  2. to be (to exist)
  3. (auxiliary) Used to form past tense forms of verbs with past participles.
    Jel jsem do Prahy.I went to Prague.
  4. (auxiliary) Used to form future tense forms of verbs with infinitives.
    Budu ti pomáhat.I will be helping you.
  5. (auxiliary) Used to form conditional mood forms of verbs with past participles.
    bych to neudělal.I would not do it.
  6. (auxiliary) Used to form passive voice forms of verbs with passive participles.
    Jsem překvapen.I am surprised.
  7. (auxiliary) Used to form conditional forms of verbs with past and passive participles.
    Byl by tam šel, kdyby ho byli pozvali.He would have gone there if they had invited him.




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