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EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

wees

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of wee

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch wezen, from Proto-Germanic *wesaną. See Dutch zijn.

VerbEdit

wees ‎(present is, present participle synde, past was, past participle gewees)

  1. to be
    Ek was gister dronk gewees.
    I was drunk yesterday.
    Hy kon al 'n dokter gewees het.
    He could have been a doctor by now.

ConjugationEdit


Usage notesEdit

  • Unlike other Afrikaans verbs, the past participle of wees (gewees) does not usually take the auxiliary verb het to form the perfect tense unless a modal verb is being used: Ek sou baie kwaad gewees het as jy dit gedoen het. (“I would have been very angry if you had done this.”) Outside of this construction, het gewees is rarely encountered and is considered nonstandard. The actual perfect tense of wees is is gewees, but this form is also very rare, being usually replaced with either was or was gewees. (The latter is formally a pluperfect, but is generally used without any semantic distinction.)

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Germanic, cognate with German Waise.

NounEdit

wees m, f ‎(plural wezen, diminutive weesje n)

  1. An orphan, who survived both parents
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *wesaną. See zijn.

VerbEdit

wees

  1. imperative of zijn
  2. imperative of wezen
SynonymsEdit
  • (non-standard) ben
  • (dialectal) zij

ReferencesEdit

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

wees

  1. singular past indicative of wijzen

North FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian wesa, which derives from Proto-Germanic *wesaną.

VerbEdit

wees

  1. (Föhr-Amrum, Heligoland) to be

ConjugationEdit

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