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See also: byt, byť, and by't


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Inherited 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)
    Synonym: existovat
    bylo nebyloonce upon a time.
  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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