Aorist tense of the verb “biti” (to be)


This chapter presents you another “new” tense that the Serbian language features: the aorist.

It's important to know that only perfective verbs are able to build a aorist form.
(Maybe you'd like to revise the chapter on the aspect in this context.)  
As this verb form is only used in written Serbian, we will leave it at presenting you the aorist form of the verb “biti” (to be) – as you will later need these to build the conditional.  
If you translate the Serbian aorist into English, we advice you to use the imperfect – as you certainly noticed above.

It's important to know that only perfective verbs are able to build a aorist form.

бих / bih – I was
би / bi – you were
би / bi – he was
бисмо / bismo – we were
бисте / biste – you were
бише / biše – they were


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