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is

Definition and examples of "is"

have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  • John is rich
  • This is not a good answer

  • be

be identical to; be someone or something

  • The president of the company is John Smith
  • This is my house

  • be

occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

  • Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back
  • What is behind this behavior?

  • be

have an existence, be extant

  • Is there a God?

  • exist
  • be

happen, occur, take place; this was during the visit to my parents' house"

  • I lost my wallet
  • There were two hundred people at his funeral
  • There was a lot of noise in the kitchen

  • be

be identical or equivalent to

  • One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!

  • equal
  • be

form or compose

  • This money is my only income
  • The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance
  • These constitute my entire belonging
  • The children made up the chorus
  • This sum represents my entire income for a year
  • These few men comprise his entire army

  • constitute
  • represent
  • make_up
  • comprise
  • be

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

  • He is a herpetologist
  • She is our resident philosopher

  • be
  • follow

represent, as of a character on stage

  • Derek Jacobi was Hamlet

  • embody
  • be
  • personify

spend or use time

  • I may be an hour

  • be

have life, be alive

  • Our great leader is no more
  • My grandfather lived until the end of war

  • be
  • live

to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form

  • let her be

  • be

be priced at

  • These shoes cost $100

  • cost
  • be