Word List Entry for байх
  1. Verb. To be, to exist. Infinitive root form of a common "be verb" roughly equivalent to English is, are, am, be; etc. Generally used when asking questions about the future.
    • Та маргааш гэртээ байх уу? [Will you be at home tomorrow?]
    • Батболд тэнд байх уу? [Will Batbold be there?]
    • Хэн тэнд байх вэ? [Who will be there?]
    • Чи хаана байх уу? [Where will you be?]
    • байна [future tense]
    • байгаа [progressive tense]
    • байдаг [present habitual tense]
    • байцгаана [plural future tense]
    • байсан [past tense]
    • байгаагүй [negative past tense]
    • бай [verb root and imperative tense]
  2. Modal verb. Probably, most likely. Used at the end of statements in conjunction with verbs to express the meaning that an action is highly probable or likely.
    • Би энэ жил Монгол руу буцаж явах байх. [I'll probably return to Mongolia this year.]
    • Батболд мөнгийг нь хулгайлсан байх. [Batbold most likely stole the money.]
    • Цай саванд байгаа байх. [There's likely tea in the thermos.]
About the Mongolian Word List

The Mongolian Word List currently contains 650 words with 714 definitions and 689 examples, and is a continuously growing database resource. It is not a comprehensive dictionary, nor does it aim to be. The words included in this database are words introduced in The Mongolist language lessons, and this database is intended to be a helpful reference for words encountered in those lessons. Not every entry provides a comprehensive listing of definitions or usages for words. Instead the most common and useful definitions as related to the lessons are provided.

If a word is not found in the Word List, then the system falls back to the Mongolian Word Glossary. The Mongolian Word Glossary is a crude data set of word translations. Although it is extensive with 32,175 words and 70,976 definitions, these entries do not provide the level of detail and accuracy offered by the Word List entries. As an example of the differences between the two resources look at the Word List entry for гэр and the Glossary entry for гэр.

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