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El verbo inglés to be (ser)

El verbo "to be" forma parte, en su forma infinitiva, de una de las líneas más famosas de la literatura mundial:

 

To be, or not to be, that is the question. (Ser, o no ser, esa es la cuestión)

“Hamlet“ de William Shakespeare

 

La mayoría de los verbos describen la acción, pero "ser" describe un estado del ser: cómo o qué eres o cómo es alguien. La conjugación en tiempo presente de "to be" es: I am (yo soy); he, she, o it is (él, ella, eso es); you are; they are; and we are (tú eres, vosotros sois, ustedes son, ellos/as son, nosotros/as somos)

 

"To be" puede describir tu nombre y tu profesión:

 

Hello, Yabla students! My name is Jack Thomas,

Hola, estudiantes de Yabla. Mi nombre es Jack Thomas.

uh, I'm... a finance student here.

Eh, soy... un estudiante de finanzas aquí.

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Puedes describir cómo te sientes:

 

Excited: "I've never been to New York before, and I am so excited to go!"

Emocionada: "¡Nunca antes he estado en Nueva York, y estoy tan emocionada de ir!"

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Si la frase es una negación, la palabra "not" aparece después del verbo:

 

I am not a lawyer.

No soy un abogado.

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En la primera persona singular, "I am" (yo soy) a menudo usa la contracción "I'm"; "he is," "she is," or "it is" (él es, ella es, eso es) cambia a  "he's," "she's," or "it's"; "you are" (segunda persona singular o plural) cambia a  "you're"; y "they are" (ellos/as son) a "they're" así como "we are" (nosotros/as somos) a "we're":

 

Today we're at the top of the Empire State Building.

Hoy estamos en lo más alto del Empire State Building.

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See how we're part of the global economy?

¿Ves cómo somos parte de la economía global?

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Aprendizaje adicional

 

Vea algunos videos en Yabla English y encuentra otros ejemplos del verbo "to be" usado en contexto en conversaciones reales.

 

(Versión en español de: Antonio Fuentes)

The English Verb "to be"

The verb "to be" is, in its infinitive form, part of one of the most famous lines in world literature:

To be, or not to be, that is the question.

—from "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

Most verbs describe action, but "to be" describes a state of being: how or what you are or how somebody is. The present tense conjugation of "to be" is: I am; he, she, or it is; you are; they are; and we are.

"To be" can describe your name and your profession:

 

My name is Jack Thomas. I am a finance student here.

Caption 1, An American - in London

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It can describe how you are feeling:

 

I've never been to New York before, and I am so excited to go!

Caption 16, English with Lauren - Emotions

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If the sentence is a negation, the word "not" appears after the verb:

 

I am not a lawyer.

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In the first person singular, "I am" is often contracted to "I'm"; "he is," "she is," or "it is" to "he's," "she's," or "it's"; "you are" to "you're"; "they are" to "they're" and "we are" to "we're":

 

Today we're at the top of the Empire State Building.

Caption 3, English for Beginners - Letters and Numbers

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See how we're part of the global economy?

Caption 13, Dissolve inc. - Generic Brand Video

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Further Learning 
Browse some videos at Yabla English and find some other examples of the verb "to be" used in context in real conversations.

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