Friday, April 9, 2010

Please be a man

In this post, I intend to discuss the words that should be behind 'Please be'.

If you want to know what words should follow 'Please be', you must realise that it is the same as the ones that go after am, is, are, was, were, will be, and so on. In other words, what goes after a verb-to-be.

They are nouns, adjectives, ing-verbs, and past participles.
Here are some examples:
a) I am a man. [noun (a man) is behind 'am']

b) She was smart when she was small. [adjective (smart) is after 'was']

c) They were returning home when it rained. [returning (ing-verb) follows 'were']

d) It will be written on the board. [written (past participle) is behind 'will be']

Hence you can have nouns, adjectives, ing-verbs and past participles after 'Please be'.
Look at the examples given below:
a) Please be a man and fight him. [noun (a man) stays behind 'be']

b) Please be punctual when you come for the meeting. [adjective (smart) is after 'be'.]

c) Please be moving as we don't time to idle any minute.[ing verb (moving) is behind 'be']

d) Please be informed that the meeting will be postponed to a date to be fixed later.[informed (past participle)follows 'be']

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