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Be vs. Fuddle

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Beverb

To exist; to have real existence.

Fuddleverb

(transitive) To confuse or befuddle.

Beverb

, or dialectally it, as dummy subject}} To exist.

‘There is just one woman in town who can help us. (or, dialectally:) It is just one woman in town who can help us.’;

Fuddleverb

(transitive) To intoxicate.

Beverb

(intransitive) To occupy a place.

‘The cup is on the table.’;

Fuddleverb

(intransitive) To become intoxicated; to get drunk.

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Beverb

(intransitive) To occur, to take place.

‘When will the meeting be?’;

Fuddlenoun

Intoxication.

Beverb

Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.

‘The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come.’; ‘I have been to Spain many times.’; ‘Moscow, huh? I've never been, but it sounds fascinating.’;

Fuddlenoun

(uncountable) Intoxicating drink; liquor.

Beverb

Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.

‘Knowledge is bliss.’; ‘Hi, I’m Jim.’;

Fuddlenoun

Muddle, confusion.

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Beverb

Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.

‘3 times 5 is fifteen.’;

Fuddlenoun

A party or picnic where attendees bring food and wine; a kind of potluck.

Beverb

Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.

‘François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.’;

Fuddleverb

To make foolish by drink; to cause to become intoxicated.

‘I am too fuddled to take care to observe your orders.’;

Beverb

Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it.

‘The sky is blue.’;

Fuddleverb

To drink to excess.

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Beverb

Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.

‘The sky is a deep blue today.’;

Fuddleverb

make stupid with alcohol

Beverb

Used to form the passive voice.

‘The dog was drowned by the boy.’;

Fuddleverb

consume alcohol;

‘We were up drinking all night’;

Beverb

Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.

‘The woman is walking.’; ‘I shall be writing to you soon.’; ‘We liked to chat while we were eating.’;

Fuddleverb

be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;

‘These questions confuse even the experts’; ‘This question completely threw me’; ‘This question befuddled even the teacher’;

Beverb

Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go"

Beverb

Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic.

‘I am to leave tomorrow.’; ‘I would drive you, were I to obtain a car.’;

Beverb

Used to link a subject to a measurement.

‘This building is three hundred years old.’; ‘I am 75 kilograms.’; ‘He’s about 6 feet tall.’;

Beverb

Used to state the age of a subject in years.

‘I’m 20. (= I am 20 years old.)’;

Beverb

}} Used to indicate the time of day.

‘It is almost eight. (= It is almost eight o’clock.)’; ‘It’s 8:30 [read eight-thirty] in Tokyo.’; ‘What time is it there? It’s night.’;

Beverb

}} Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.

‘It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period)’; ‘It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him.’;

Beverb

as a dummy subject}} Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.

‘It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid.’; ‘Why is it so dark in here?’;

Beverb

To exist or behave in a certain way.

‘"What do we do?" "We be ourselves."’; ‘Why is he being nice to me?’;

Beverb

To tend to do, often do; marks the habitual aspect.

Beverb

To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have existence.

‘To be contents his natural desire.’; ‘To be, or not to be: that is the question.’;

Beverb

To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, - a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man.

Beverb

To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday.

Beverb

To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.

‘The field is the world.’; ‘The seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.’;

Benoun

a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element

Beverb

have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun);

‘John is rich’; ‘This is not a good answer’;

Beverb

be identical to; be someone or something;

‘The president of the company is John Smith’; ‘This is my house’;

Beverb

occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere;

‘Where is my umbrella?’; ‘The toolshed is in the back’; ‘What is behind this behavior?’;

Beverb

have an existence, be extant;

‘Is there a God?’;

Beverb

happen, occur, take place;

‘I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house’; ‘There were two hundred people at his funeral’; ‘There was a lot of noise in the kitchen’;

Beverb

be identical or equivalent to;

‘One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!’;

Beverb

form or compose;

‘This money is my only income’; ‘The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance’; ‘These constitute my entire belonging’; ‘The children made up the chorus’; ‘This sum represents my entire income for a year’; ‘These few men comprise his entire army’;

Beverb

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function;

‘He is a herpetologist’; ‘She is our resident philosopher’;

Beverb

represent, as of a character on stage;

‘Derek Jacobi was Hamlet’;

Beverb

spend or use time;

‘I may be an hour’;

Beverb

have life, be alive;

‘Our great leader is no more’; ‘My grandfather lived until the end of war’;

Beverb

to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form;

‘let her be’;

Beverb

be priced at;

‘These shoes cost $100’;

Beverb

exist

‘there must be something wrong’; ‘I think, therefore I am’; ‘there once was a man’; ‘there are no easy answers’;

Beverb

be present

‘there were no curtains around the showers’; ‘are there any castles in this area?’;

Beverb

occur; take place

‘that was before the war’; ‘the exhibition will be in November’; ‘the opening event is on October 16’;

Beverb

occupy a position in space

‘she was not at the window’; ‘Salvation Street was on his left’;

Beverb

stay in the same place or condition

‘he's a tough customer—let him be’;

Beverb

attend

‘I'm at school doing A levels’;

Beverb

come; go; visit

‘he's from Missouri’; ‘the doctor's been twice today’; ‘I have just been to Thailand’;

Beverb

having the state, quality, identity, nature, role, etc., specified

‘the floor was uneven’; ‘it will be Christmas soon’; ‘father was not well’; ‘Amy was 91’; ‘I want to be a teacher’; ‘‘Be careful,’ Mr Carter said’;

Beverb

cost

‘the tickets were £25’;

Beverb

amount to

‘one and one is two’;

Beverb

represent

‘let A be a square matrix of order n’;

Beverb

signify

‘we were everything to each other’;

Beverb

consist of; constitute

‘the monastery was several three-storey buildings’;

Beverb

say

‘last time I saw her she was all ‘You need to quit smoking!’’;

Beverb

used with a present participle to form continuous tenses

‘he had been reading’; ‘she will be waiting’; ‘they are coming’;

Beverb

used with a past participle to form the passive voice

‘his book will be published’; ‘it was done’; ‘it is said’;

Beverb

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’;

Beverb

used to express obligation or necessity

‘they said I was to remain on board’; ‘you are to follow these orders’;

Beverb

used to express possibility

‘she was nowhere to be seen’; ‘these snakes are to be found in North America’;

Beverb

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’;

Beverb

used with the past participle of intransitive verbs to form perfect tenses

‘I am returned’;

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