Happy Meaning of “Is” Day! It “is” really difficult to define what the word “is” means. The definition you get when you type “definition: is” into google is as follows:
is 3rd person singular present of be (Verb)
- Exist: “there are no easy answers”; “there once was a man”.
- Used with a present participle to form continuous tenses: “they are coming”; “he had been reading”; “she will be waiting”.
I find this…not very useful. The 3rd person singular present of Be bit is helpful, but if I were a foreign language student, I don’t think the rest of it would be of any use. So I’m trying. Since the dictionary is an art form that’s been looked over countless times, I doubt I’ll actually do better. But I will try.
You can use the word “is” in order to say that a singular something exists in a certain way. e.g. “Sam exists as a doctor” can be replaced by “Sam is a doctor”.
A singular version of the word “are”. “The cookies are delicious”
can must be replaced with “The cookie is delicious”.
To make a statement an objective truth. “It IS ridiculously difficult to define ‘is'”
~ Darcie Rae