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"Be happy" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ser feliz", and "be you" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ser tú". Learn more about the difference between "be happy" and "be you" below.
be happy(
bi
 
hah
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pi
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. ser feliz
I'm much happier now that I have a dog.Soy mucho más feliz ahora que tengo un perro.
b. estar feliz
I'm so happy to be here with my loved ones!¡Estoy tan feliz de estar aquí con mis seres queridos!
c. estar contento
John is happy because he passed all his classes in school.John está contento porque aprobó todas las asignaturas de la escuela.
d. alegrarse
I was so happy to hear they could come to the wedding.Me alegré mucho cuando supe que podrían venir a la boda.
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be you(
bi
 
yu
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be yourself)
a. ser tú
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Your life is so interesting. I want to be you for a day.Tu vida es muy interesante. Quiero ser tú por un día.
b. ser usted
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Tell us, Madame President, what is it like to be you?Díganos, Señora Presidente, ¿cómo es ser usted?
c. ser ustedes (plural)
Don't waste this opportunity. There are people who would do anything to be you right now.No pierdan esta oportunidad. Hay gente que haría cualquier cosa para ser ustedes ahora mismo.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (imperative)
a. sé tú
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Don't worry what they might think. Just be you and everyone will love you.No te preocupes por lo que pensarán. Solo sé tú y todos te querrán.
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