the word 'bist'?

Mike-9 February 21, 2008, 3:04 pm
I think I hear Paul say 'Bist du bereit'? somewhere in one of the lessons. But even if I heard wrong, I can't seem to find the meaning of the word 'bist' in any German-English dictionary. I assume 'bist' in this question means 'are' as in 'are you ready'. Why is 'bist' translated but not defined in the dictionary?


the word 'bist'?
ANONYMOUS February 22, 2008, 1:12 am
Hi there,

the reason you won't find "bist" in a dictionary is that "bist" is not the basic form of the word and dicitonaries usually only have the basic form as a headword.
"bist" comes from (like you figured out already) the word "sein", which means "to be". Here is the full conjugation:

ich bin
du bist
er ist
sie ist
es ist
wir sind
ihr seid
sie sind

I know it's a bit confusing that all the other forms start with "s" and only one starts with"b", but then again English is the same:

I am
you are
he is
she is
it is
we are
you are
they are

the word 'bist'?
Mike-9 February 22, 2008, 1:50 pm
Thanks so much for your explanation.

the word 'bist'?
ANONYMOUS March 2, 2008, 9:29 pm
You are more than welcome
the word 'bist'?

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