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verb 
  1. First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
  2. Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
Etymology: From (Ger.)
  • wísín, cognate with German war < (PIE.) Wiktionary Appendix:Proto-Indo-European roots,
  • wes- "to reside". The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form "to be" is from Proto-Indo-European Wiktionary Appendix:Proto-Indo-European roots,
  • b<font size=-2>H</font>eu- "to become". The words "is" and "are" are both derived from Proto-Indo-European Wiktionary Appendix:Proto-Indo-European roots,
  • h1es- "to be". Lastly, the past forms starting with "w-" such as "was" and "were" are from Proto-Indo-European Wiktionary Appendix:Proto-Indo-European roots,
  • wes- "to reside".



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