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|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
From Old English wæs, from Proto-Germanic *wêsôn, (cognate with German war) < Proto-Indo-European *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 *bʰeu- (“‘to become’”). The words "is" and "are" are both derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁es- (“‘to be’”). Lastly, the past forms starting with "w-" such as "was" and "were" are from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“‘to reside’”).
- (UK) enPR: wŏz, IPA: /wɒz/, SAMPA: /wQz/
- (US) enPR: wŭz, IPA: /wʌz/, SAMPA: /wVz/
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- Rhymes: -ɒz
- First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
- Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
Cognate with English wash.
- laundry, clothes that need to be washed, or just have been washed.
- Present tense singular 1st person of wassen (meaning to wash).
Cognate with English wax.
- Present tense singular 1st person of wassen (another meaning is to grow).
Cognate with English was.
- Genitive, accusative and locative of wy (you, plural).
- Plural form of wa.
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