wees

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

wees

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of wee

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wezen, from Proto-Germanic *wesaną. See Dutch zijn.

Verb[edit]

wees (present is, present participle synde, past was, past participle gewees)

  1. to be
    Ek was gister dronk gewees.
    I was drunk yesterday.
    Hy kon al 'n dokter gewees het.
    He could have been a doctor by now.

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Usage notes[edit]

Unlike other Afrikaans verbs, the past participle (gewees) never takes the auxiliary verb het to form the past tense, unless a modal verb is being used, it always takes was instead. See the usage examples above.


Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Germanic, cognate with German Waise.

Noun[edit]

wees m, f (plural wezen, diminutive weesje n)

  1. An orphan, who survived both parents
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wesaną. See zijn.

Verb[edit]

wees

  1. imperative of zijn
  2. imperative of wezen

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

wees

  1. singular past indicative of wijzen

North Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian wesa, which derives from Proto-Germanic *wesaną.

Verb[edit]

wees

  1. (Föhr-Amrum Dialect) to be

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