Friday, January 15, 2010

What follows ‘be’

The verb-to-be ‘be’ is an interesting word. You can use it at the beginning of a sentence such as the one below:

Be good always.

It can also be appear in the middle of a sentence as exemplified below:

I realized that I would be late for school when I woke up late this morning.

So far, the sentences that I have constructed have adjectives following the verb-to-be ‘be’.

Let us see what other words can be used behind ‘be’.

1 Past participles can be used after ‘be’.

Example: Be prepared to work if you want to be a member of the staff here.

2 Nouns can be placed behind ‘be’.

Example: Let us be champions of this cause.

3 A gerund can be used at the back of ‘be’.

Example: I will be going for an audition soon.

4 ‘Be’ can also be followed by a pronoun.

Example: If you want a volunteer for this job, let it be me.

5 You can use a preposition behind ‘be’ too.

Example: This book will be of use to researchers.

6 An adverb can come after ‘be’.

Example: I will be there as usual.

I hope you know what to put behind ‘be’ when you make your sentences in any post or assignment.

Be with me along the path of learning the English language.

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