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Invariant Be

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Invariant be, or unconjugated be, is a grammatical/linguistic construction whereby the verb be is conjugated according to forms that differ aspectually, with regard to the situating of language in time, from those applicable to Standard English conjugations of the verb. Standard English calls for the conjugation of the verb be to form agreement with the subject in terms of person and number, for example am, is, are, was, were. Invariant be most often is an indication ...

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