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  1. be

    • IPA[biː]

    英式

    • v.
      exist;be present
    • auxi
      used with a present participle to form continuous tenses;used with a past participle to form the passive voice
    • verb: be, 3rd person present: is, gerund or present participle: being, past tense: was, past participle: been

    • 釋義
    • 片語

    動詞

    auxi

    • 1. used with a present participle to form continuous tenses they are coming he had been reading
    • 2. used with a past participle to form the passive voice it was done it is said
    • 3. used to indicate something that is due or destined to happen construction is to begin next summer his mum was never to see him win
    • used to express obligation or necessity you are to follow these orders they said I was to remain on board
    • used to express possibility these snakes are to be found in North America she was nowhere to be seen
    • used to hypothesize about something that might happen if I were to lose if I was to tell you, you'd think I was mad
    • 4. archaic used with the past participle of intransitive verbs to form perfect tenses I am returned