Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Be"

The meaning of "Be" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does 'what are you trying to do?' mean?

"What are you trying to do?" is a very broad question so it can be used in any context I think.

Therefore, you could use it in a fighting situation:

(someone curses at you and starts getting closer to you)
(Then you say): "What are you trying to do? You trying to fight me now?"

(But knowing it's a fight, people usually get to the point and would skip the first part and just say "You trying to fight me now?")
Q: What does Why is this funny? mean?
A: ・無理やり名詞にされているので、看板にそぐわないダサい言い回しになっている。
・且つ the をつけているので、ここが唯一巡邏されるところだということになってしまっている。

"This area is patrolled by police" で伝わるのを直訳しすぎているので、変な言い回しになっているのが少し笑えるんです。(あと the が言いたいんじゃなかろうという所。)
Q: What does You are loaded mean?
A: it means “you are rich”
Q: What does than are mean?
A: no, if you want a full explanation, it’s for balance.

high-confidence errors ARE
more likely to be corrected after feedback
THAN ARE low-confidence errors.

The repetition of the “are” here is more likely to be seen in very formal writing - it balances the first part with the second part. However the second “areis not necessary for meaning.

The hypercorrection effect refers to the finding that high-confidence errors are more likely to be corrected after feedback than low-confidence errors.

Same meaning.

The discussion is about errors (plural), hence “are”.
Q: What does What are we looking at? mean?
A: 「私たちは何を見ているか?」のようにですね。^_^

Example sentences using "Be"

Q: Please show me example sentences with be subject to.
A: Subject to = affected by something, or possibly affected by something (usually bad)

He was subject to pain in his back.
He was subject to hate from his parents.
Q: Please show me example sentences with I was like.
A: It’s a very common style of speaking in Southern California. My friends from other parts of the US tell me I have a California accent. 😅 I don’t think “I was like” or “He/She was like” are used commonly in other parts of the US but sometimes teenagers use that type of phrasing too no matter what region.
Q: Please show me example sentences with To be.
A: Okay, sentences that use "to be." This could be used in many different ways.
"To be a father is a great joy." "To be a teacher brings me satisfaction." (Being a father is a joy; being a teacher brings me satisfaction). - this is probably not what you meant, so don't worry if you don't understand.

"I want to be a teacher." "I want to be a soccer player." (I want to have teaching as my job. I want to have playing soccer as my job.)
"I want to be successful." "I want to be happy." (I want success. I want happiness.)

"I am going to be a teacher" (teaching will become my job.)

I'm not really sure what you mean. I hope this helps.
Q: Please show me example sentences with There is and There are .
A: There is a lot that you don't know about me.
There is a hole in my sock.
There is a problem with my computer.
There is a solution also.
There is a place you can call home.
There is a piece of food stuck in your teeth.
There is something about you that I like.
There is a way to find out the answer.
There is always a new day.

There are too many things to do.
There are a lot of people at the party.
There are so many cat photos online!
There are rules you have to follow.
There are kind people who will help you.
There are five dogs in the kennel.
There are plenty of fish in the sea.
There are not enough hours in the day.
There are pretty flowers in my garden.
Q: Please show me example sentences with "as you were" is "to get back together?".
A: In a military context 'as you were' means go back to whatever you were doing. As a Naval officer, all enlisted personnel were required to stand at attention when I entered the room. I would say "as you were" and they would get back to work.

Synonyms of "Be" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between I am good and I am well ?
A: In formal English, "I am good" means "I am morally good" and "I am well" means "I am healthy." Many vernacular dialects ignore this difference and use "good" to mean both.
Q: What is the difference between That would be impossible. and That will be impossible. ?
A: Will can be a present tense verb that means to cause something to happen through force of desire. ... Would is a past tense form of will. It is also a conditional verb that indicates an action that would happen under certain conditions.
Q: What is the difference between for those who are from 18 to 49 and for those aged 18 to 49 ?
A: They mean the same thing, but I would remove "from" from the first one. Overall I prefer the 2nd one.
Q: What is the difference between this is more comfortable and this is comfortabler ?
The difference is, saying ‘comfortabler’ makes me giggle 😂 it’s not a real word but it’s not totally incorrect 🤷🏻‍♀️
Q: What is the difference between can be done and could be done ?
A: ネイティブでも使い分けない人もたくさんいると思います(私も含めて)


Can you ask them if that could be done?
一方では、could be doneはifという仮定詞と繋がってるのでcouldが適切です


Translations of "Be"

Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? Why is there no for after waited?
A: @y68661

Because the people who designed the test made a mistake.

There is no possible reason for that to be the actual text. They messed up.

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? He’s annoying is it correct
A: He’s annoying is natural/normal
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? "I've been fixing it until just now" 이게 맞는 문장인가요?
A: 예, 매우 가깝습니다. I’ve been fixing it this entire time// I just finished fixing it//
Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? how are you
A: This answer might be useful.
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? "How are you doing?" does it seems natural?
A: Yes, alternatively, you can say the following:
How are you?
How do you do?

Other questions about "Be"

Q: Please show me how to pronounce #1 You are

#2 You're.
A: Sounds like: "Yew arr" and "yoore", similar to #1 유 아르 , #2 요르
Q: How are you? Does this sound natural?
A: Yes it's natural! it sounds good
Q: Why there arebe verb “ and “ verb” in one sentence? Were and Attend

- I would be very delighted if you were to attend.
A: @yuuffy
Conditional tense is the expression "if... then". There are many different ways to express this. The differences between them are usually very small.

See the attached image.
1. "If I study, [then] I will pass [the test]."
2. "If I studied, [then] I would pass [the test]."
These two sentences mean the same thing -- if study, then pass. There is slight nuance difference between them, but that nuance is ignored by native speakers.

3. "If I had studied, [then] I would have passed [the test]".
This is the only one that's different, because the opportunity to study is already over. You can't study any more, the test is done.


4. "If I were to study, [then] I would pass [the test]."
This is the kind of sentence you were asking about. It has the exact same meaning, nuance and use as Sentence #2 (and #1).
Q: Can “boil down (to)” be used in this way ?

“The sentence structure can boil down to ‘the man stole the jewel’ .”
A: Not really. "boils down to ..." is a common idiom to express the essence of many different things.
Q: All of them are cute or all of them is cute??
A: The words "all" and "them" are both plural, so use "are" with plurals. So "all of them are cute" is correct.

"It is cute." is correct if it is only one thing, singular.

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