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Phrasal Verbs with 'Be'

Be About

  • be about
    1. be near, nearby:
      • He must be somewhere about.
    2. be available or active (in a certain place) :
      • Step carefully, there are snakes about.
      • There comes the commission, they are about from the first of May until the fifteenth.
  • be about something
    1. be doing something; be busy with something:
      • What are you about?
      • She doesn't know what she's about.
  • be about to do something
    1. used to indicate an action that may soon occur based on the situation:
      • So what is it exactly he's about to do?
      • It's about to rain.
      • Being about to fall he took his hands out of the pockets.

Be Above

  • be above something
    1. be superior; rise superior to something:
      • She's above criticism. (She is flawless.)
      • It's above my head. (This is too difficult for me to understand.)
  • be above oneself
    1. overestimate one's worth:
      • He's above himself and thinks he knows everything.
    2. get out of obedience; become unmanageable:
      • Something needs to be done. He is above himself.

Be After

  • be after something
    1. try to do or get anything; be interested in something:
      • He is after money, not friendship. – Он гонится за деньгами, а не дружбой.
  • be after somebody for something
    1. pester someone with something:
      • He's always after me for something.

Be Against

  • be against somebody or something
    1. oppose somebody or something; object to somebody or something:
      • He wasn't against my doing it.
      • It is against my principles to tell a lie.

Be Ahead

  • be ahead of somebody or something
    1. be outrunning, winning or in a superior position compared to somebody or something
      • Development of transportation is far ahead of road infrastructure.

Be At

  • be at somebody
    1. criticize or complain somebody in an annoying way; pester someone (with any request) :
      • She's at me again for I've come drunk. – Опять она меня пилит.
      • She was at me all evening for I came drunk again. – Опять она меня пилит.
      • He was at me to let him go outside. / He was at me about letting him go outside.
    2. be doing something; be busy with something; deal with something:
      • What are you at?
      • Who's been at my stuff? (Who touched / used my stuff?)

Be Away

  • be away
    1. be gone; be out of one's place:
      • I won't be away for long.
      • I'll be away to Simferopol for a few days.
    2. immerse in thoughts:
      • He is away in a world of his own.

Be Back

  • be back
    1. return; come back:
      • I will be back soon.
    2. come back into fashion; become popular again:
      • Oversized sunglasses are back again.

Be Behind

  • be behind (somebody, something)
    1. lag (behind somebody or something):
      • He's behind the times.
      • They are a powerhouse team and never give up even when they are behind in the score.
    2. be in arrears:
      • They're behind with their rent.
    3. support someone:
      • I'm behind you all the way.

Be Down

  • be down
    1. indicates a location below the current position (see also Down vs. Up):
      • The nearest bus stop is down the street, it's in three minutes on foot.
    2. go (temporarily) out of order:
      • Our home WiFi network is down.
  • be down (to some quantity)
    1. finish; have a small amount; decline (to a certain level):
      • Crime is down. (The crime rate is dropping.)
      • We discovered that our water stock was down to two bottles.
  • be down (with something)
    1. get sick with something:
      • He is down with the flu.
  • be down (with somebody or something)
    1. be in agreement with someone or something; cooperate; get along with someone, enjoy something:
      • I'm down with your solution.
      • I'm down with this music.
      • —Are we going for a walk? —I'm down.

Be Down and Out

  • be down and out
    1. be exhausted; be helpless :
      • I'm not so down and out that I can't handle this.
    2. be in need; be without funds:
      • For years she had been down and out in Los Angeles, singing for $5 a night.

Be For

  • be for somebody, something
    1. be on someone's side; support anyone, anything:
      • I'm all for what you say.
      • I was for giving her another chance.
    2. be a cause; be a harbinger of something:
      • It can't be for nothing!
      • Maybe it's all for the best.

Be In

  • be in
    1. be at home; be in place:
      • (At) what time are you in tomorrow?
      • I have said I'm in for no one.
    2. be involved, join in an activity:
      • Are you in? – Are you with us (in business)?
    3. be in fashion:
      • Oversized sunglasses are in this year.
    4. to be in jail:
      • He was in for fraud.

Be In For

  • be in for something
    1. be waiting for something:
      • What are we in for this today?
      • Having come home she was in for a surprise.
    2. be involved in something; take part in something:
      • He has no idea what he is to be in for.

Be Into

  • be into somebody or something
    1. love; like; be carried away by someone or something :
      • He's into his new neighboress.
  • be into something
    1. be involved in something:
      • I don't care what he's into.

Be Of

  • be of something
    1. be determined by any sign: be of interest = be interesting; be of use = be useful:
      • Please let me know if I can be of help.
      • I was of two minds whether to leave or to stay.
      • They were all of a size (one size / the same size).
      • Benefits may be of two types: cash benefits and benefits in kind.
    2. belong to something:
      • I am of Ireland.
    3. be made of something:
      • It is of wood.

Be Off

  • be off
    1. be canceled:
      • I must call my wife, tell her our date night(1) is off.
      • If I don't see some results by tomorrow, the deal is off.
    2. be turned off; be switched off:
      • The electricity is off.
    3. be free of any business:
      • I will be off by 5 o'clock today.
    4. be confused; not be at one's best; be out of luck :
      • I've been a little off these last few days.
  • be off (to somewhere)
    1. go; go away (somewhere):
      • Be off! (Get out!)
      • I must be off.
      • Well, I'm off to bed.
  • be off something
    1. lose interest in something; quit (about the habit):
      • When you are ill you can be off your food.
      • I've been off cigarettes for two years.
    2. figuratively: be outside of something, be without something:
      • He's been off his game this last couple of days. (He's not been in his best shape.)
      • Don't be off your guard. (Don't be careless.)
      • Are you off your head?

Be On

  • be on
    1. happen; take place:
      • Join our mailing list, so you know about what's on in our community.
    2. be on display; be on show; be on exhibit:
      • The film is on in a few minutes.
    3. be turned on; be switched on:
      • The electricity is on.
  • be on something
    1. figuratively: be in something, be with something:
      • It's nice to know someone here is on his game. (It's nice to know that someone here knows what to do.)
      • Our experienced team are on hand to advise you on any questions. (Our experienced team is always ready to advise you on any questions.)

Be On About

  • be on about something
    1. hint, imply; talk about something (in a long or unintelligible conversation) :
      • What is he on about? (What is he talking about. / What does he mean?)
      • I have no idea what he's on about.

Be Out

  • be out
    1. раскрыться, стать известным:
      • It's no use keeping the truth back. Everything will be out anyway. – Бесполезно скрывать правду. Всё станет известно в любом случае.
    2. покинуть определённое место (обычно на недолгое время) (не быть дома, на работе и т.п.):
      • He's out at the moment. – На данный момент его нет.
      • I told you, I'm out to lunch. – Я тебе же сказал, что я ушёл на обед.
    3. не иметь; не хватать:
      • Something is out here. – Чего-то здесь не хватает.
      • I'm out of cigarettes. – У меня кончились сигареты.
  • be out to do something
    1. разг. намереваться, решить сделать что-либо:
      • She's out to prove herself. – Она собирается показать на что способна.
  • be out of something
    1. выходить за границы, пределы чего-либо:
      • If something is out of range it is too far away to be reached or detected. – Если что-то находится за пределами, то оно слишком далеко, чтобы его можно было достигнуть или обнаружить.

Be Out and About

  • be out and about
    1. переходить к активной фазе после покоя или обыденного состояния; поправляться (приходить к норме); стать доступным после поломки:
      • You need to be out and about, mate. – Дружище, тебе нужно прогуляться.
      • I usually read books if I'm not out and about. – Дома я обычно читаю книги.
      • I'm glad you are out and about again after the operation. – Я рад, что ты снова при делах после операции.
      • He decided it wouldn't be foreseeing for him to be out and about now. – Он решил, что будет не предусмотрительно с его стороны показываться сейчас на людях.
      • The snake season is upon us, which means snakes will soon be out and about after a long period of hibernation – hungry and in search of food.[1]Приближается время змей, а это означает, что скоро будут вылазить и лазить везде змеи, голодные в поисках пищи, после долгого периода зимней спячки.
      • Your car will be out and about in an hour. – Ваш автомобиль будет на ходу в через час.
    2. выходить в свет, в оборот; стать доступным:
      • Our postcards and posters will soon be out and about giving you all the details of our event.[2]Наши открытки и плакаты скоро выйдут и расскажут вам все детали нашего мероприятия.

Be Up

  • be up
    1. быть на ногах; проснуться; бодрствовать:
      • Usually I'm already up at seven o'clock. – Обычно в семь часов я уже не сплю.
    2. происходить, иметь место, быть актуальным:
      • What's up? – Что происходит? (Что случилось?)
      • Is the offer still up for grabs? – Предложение все еще доступно?
    3. подняться, быть наверху, достигать высокого положения:
      • Gasoline prices are up about 40 cents in a month. – Цены на бензин растут примерно на 40 центов в месяц.
      • He is up in his room. – Он наверху в своей комнате.
      • She is up in years but she has a huge spirit. – Она в годах, но у нее огромный дух.

Be Up For

  • be up for something
    1. иметь желание, быть в настроении заняться чем-либо; быть готовым к чему-либо:
      • Are you up for shopping? – Не желаешь пройтись по магазинам?
      • I think he's up for the challenge. – Я думаю, он готов к испытанию.
    2. быть под действием чего-либо:
      • This house is up for sale. – Этот дом продаётся.
      • This isn't up for discussion anyway. – Это не подлежит обсуждению в любом случае.
      • All facets of the matter has been up for review. – Все аспекты вопроса рассмотрены.

Be Up To

  • be up to something
    1. быть способным, готовым на что-либо:
      • I think he's up to the challenge. – Я думаю, он справится с этой задачей.
      • I'm not sure I'm up to the job. – Я не уверен, что справляюсь с этой работой.
      • I'm not up to waiting that long. – Я не собираюсь так долго ждать.
    2. затевать, замышлять что-либо:
      • I have to know what she is up to. – Я должен знать, что она затеяла.
    3. быть зависимым, определяться чем-либо:
      • It's up to me, not to you, to decide that. – Мне решать, а не тебе.
      • Now it's all up to you. – Теперь все зависит от тебя.
      • That one's life is up to oneself is a pivotal developmental epiphany. – То, что жизнь зависит от самого себя, является основным откровением для развития.

Be With

  • be with somebody:
    1. поддерживать, быть за кого-либо:
      • I am entirely with you in this. – В этом я с вами полностью согласен.
See also
1) Date night – originally, this is the evening time that a married couple has allocated for themselves away from children and everyday worries, but can also be used in relation to any time of the day.
1] Garin Joemath #KeepYourEyesOnTheSnake // tame TIMES Newspaper (28.02.2019).
2] HISTON Handmade ( at ( (28.02.2019).


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