Phrasal Verbs with BE in English

The verb to be is an irregular verb. Its main forms are presented in the table

InfinitivePast SimplePast Participle
to bewas / werebeen

Consider common phrasal verbs with to go in the English

  • be about
    • He was about to leave when the phone rang
  • be after
    • The police were after the thief
  • be against
    • Im against doing anything till the police arrive
  • be away
    • Can I see Mr Johnson? — I’m afraid hes away for the weekend
  • be back
    • I’ll be back in time
  • be down on
    • Why is Mark so down on her at the moment?
  • be down with
    • Dan is down with the flu
  • be for
    • They are for the proposal to build a leisure centre
  • be in
    • Long skirts are in at the moment
  • be in for
    • We are in for bad weather
  • be off
    • He is off for 2 days
  • be on
    • Theres a good film on at the cinema tonight
  • be on something
    • Now he is on sleeping pills
  • be on about something
    • He’s definitely on about something, Dan
  • be onto somebody
    • I’m onto you
  • be out
    • Long skirts are out this season
  • be over
    • The film starts at 9.00 and is over at 11.00
  • be through with
    • When youre through with that book, will you lend it to me?
  • be up
    • What time do you have to be up tomorrow?
  • be up to
    • The children must be up to something — they’re very quiet
  • be not on
    • Our focus must be not on the temporary but on the eternal
  • be up for something
    • Would you be up for something like that instead?
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