be = ser verb

be

verb
was, were, been, being, am, is, are

Spanish Translation of BE

intransitive verb
1
(expressing equality) : ser José is a doctor José es doctor I'm Ann's sister soy la hermana de Ana
2
(expressing quality) : ser the tree is tall el árbol es alto you're silly! ¡eres tonto!
3
(expressing origin or possession) : ser she's from Managua es de Managua it's mine es mío
4
(expressing location) : estar my mother is at home mi madre está en casa the cups are on the table las tazas están en la mesa
5
(expressing existence) : ser, existir to be or not to be ser, o no ser I think, therefore I am pienso, luego existo
6
(expressing a state of being) : estar, tener how are you? ¿cómo estás? I'm cold tengo frío she's 10 years old tiene 10 años they're both sick están enfermos los dos
impersonal verb
1
(indicating time) : ser it's eight o'clock son las ocho it's Friday hoy es viernes
2
(indicating a condition) : hacer, estar it's sunny hace sol it's very dark outside está bien oscuro afuera
auxiliary verb
1
(expressing progression) : estar what are you doing?—I'm working ¿qué haces?—estoy trabajando
2
(expressing occurrence) : ser it was finished yesterday fue acabado ayer, se acabó ayer it was cooked in the oven se cocinó en el horno
3
(expressing possibility) : poderse can she be trusted? ¿se puede confiar en ella?
4
(expressing obligation) : deber you are to stay here debes quedarte aquí he was to come yesterday se esperaba que viniese ayer

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