Category: "Be"

Быть (not have, there is/are not)

April 24th, 2009
Every once in a while when you have mastered some grammatical backflip, you discover that one is not enough: you have to do a grammatical double gainer. This is the case to say that someone “doesn't have” something or that “there isn't” something… more »

Быть (have, there is/are)

April 23rd, 2009
Every once in a while when you are studying a foreign language, you have to learn to do some grammatical contortion and say something in a way that seems bizarre in contrast to your native language. For us English speakers, learning how to say “have”… more »

Быть (predicate adjectives)

April 22nd, 2009
The verb быть is also used in sentences with predicate adjectives. You may recall that in copular sentences (“to be” type sentences), the subject is the thing you are talking about. The predicate is everything else: John wants to be healthy. John… more »

Быть (predicate nouns)

April 21st, 2009
The verb быть is also used in sentences with predicate nouns. What is a predicate? In copular sentences (“to be” type sentences), the subject is the thing you are talking about. The predicate is everything else: John wants to be a doctor. John… more »

Быть (location)

April 20th, 2009
In Russian the most common verb for the “to be” concept is быть. It is imperfective in terms of meaning, but it is unique in that it is the only imperfective verb to have a simple future form: to be infinitive быть Past был была было были… more »