I often see, of course, in colloquial contects, that the word "be" is used like "is" or "are" and so on.

E.g.: "I be very happy then", "School be like...", "You be hating on them"

But is it really the same meaning as if you'd replace it with "is"/"are",... ?

So translated would be: "I am very happy then", "School is like...", "You are hating on them"

Or is there a different meaning of that?

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    No difference in meaning, merely the correct form of the verb. We are dealing with non-standard (colloquial) (idiomatic) vernacular here so don't be too keen to find rhyme or reason. Jun 23 '20 at 8:44
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    Some dialects feature the habitual be, where be is used to describe recurring or continuing actions. Jun 23 '20 at 13:07

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