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?

Thanks

Mike
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.

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

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