The very first verb one should learn is “to be”. This is so in any language.
In Serbian, “to be” is translated into biti. There are two forms of this word, long and short. In this blog post we will focus on the long form, present tense.
What you should know about how to use the long form of BITI:
Third person is very easy to remember as they are all the same for singular and all the same for plural. So use ask… how does one use the long form of biti? Well,
The long form of biti is used when…
- Asking a question formatted as: verb + li + subject ( li is a word used when asking a question ).
- Answering a question that have single-word answers, and
- Giving Emphasis.
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To learn more about the verb biti check out Larisa Zlatic Study Serbian Services. Larisa also touches on the verbs can (moci) and will (hteti). Plus there are free PDF sheets. Marina Petrovic’s site Learn Serbian explains the Past, Present and Future tenses of the verb.
Looking for a good Serbian grammar book? Colloquial Croatian and Serbian: The Complete Course for Beginners, is a fantastic book to get you going. This is the grammar book that I use.
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