Thai language has verb to be similar to English. Several different verbs translated to “is/an/are”, “was/were”.There are 4 most important verb to be in Thai language. This episode will be part 1 of a 4 part verb to be series.
Verb to be number 1 : เป็น/bpen
เป็น/bpen means “to be”
It’s always followed by nouns or noun phrases.
Pattern : เป็น/bpen + nouns or noun phrases
kăo bpen pêuan
He is (a) friend.
pŏm bpen pôo chaai
I am (a) man.
pŏm bpen kon jai dee
I’m (a) good hearted person.
Negative form of เป็น/bpen
Unlike in English, it can’t be placed with negative word like ไม่ /mâi/ no , not. The negative form of “is not” is either
1 .ไม่ใช่/mâi châi /is not
2.ไม่ได้เป็น/ mâi dâai bpen/ is not
kăo mâi dâai bpen pêuan
He is not (a) friend.
pŏm mâi châi kon jai dee
I an not (a) good hearted person.
pŏm mâi châi pôo chaai
I am not (a) man.
The exceptional use of เป็น/bpen
เป็น/bpen is not used with adjectives as in English
Example of incorrect sentenses
chăn bpen sŭay
I am beautiful.
pŏm bpen lòr
I am handsome.
Example of correct sentences
I am beautiful.
I am handsome.
On the next episode, you will learn the other “verb to be” in Thai language.
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