Rewrite the sentence below.

Paulo studies International Law at University of Oxford. (be)

I've been asked for rewriting this sentence with ''be'', which I don't know what it actually means. On other hand, we can rewrite it as

Paulo is studying International Law at University of Oxford.

Does this stand for ''be''?

  • Yes, be or BE is a conventional way of referring to any form of the verb-to-be. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 2 '18 at 18:38
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo How? I'd be grateful If you explain it better. – Morata Apr 2 '18 at 18:39
  • It is a convention used in books on learning English and on English grammar. You might find SER in a Learning Spanish textbook used in the same way. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 2 '18 at 18:40
  • By the way, it's "been asked to rewrite the sentence". You have rewritten it in the present continuous tense. Personally, I would not have given that instruction that way. I taught English a long time and have never seen that expressed like that. – Lambie Apr 2 '18 at 18:44
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    You tell her this: I was living in Cuba in 1999 but now I'm living in Miami. I lived in Sarasota when I first came to the US. – Lambie Apr 2 '18 at 18:52

Yes, it does. Many grammar workbooks and sites used to note "be" as a general hint for tasks in English grammar. This "be" is in meaning of the following auxiliary verb ("the verb to be"): am, is, was, were as the article in Cambridge dictionary proves.

See the example below:

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