introduction to the be verb

 

The verb be is the most common verb in English. It is a stative verb, which means it is used to show the state of the subject.

 

present tense forms of be

 

Be has three different forms in the present tense (am / is / are). These forms change depending on the person and number of the subject.

 
Person Form of Be Short form
1 I am I'm
You are You're
He
She
It
is He's
She's
It's
2+ We are We're
You are You're
They are They're
 

Practice

Write the correct form of 'be' in the box.

 

I

He

They

You

It

We

She

 

The present tense of the be verb (am/is/are) is used to show that something is true of the subject now.

be verb present simple time line
 

be with an adjective

 

Noun + be verb + Adjective

Used for Feelings

  • I am happy.

  • She is sad.

Used for Appearance

  • I am tall.

  • She is beautiful.

Used for Age

  • I am thirty-five.
    or (I am thirty-five years old.)

  • He is ninety-nine.
    or (He is ninety-nine years old.)

 

be with a noun

 

Noun + be verb + Noun

Used for Name

  • I am Ben.

  • She is Rebekah.

Used for Job

  • I am a teacher.

  • He is a doctor.

Used for Relationship

  • I am a husband.

  • She is a wife.

  • He is a father.

Used for Category

  • I am a man.

  • It is a dog.

Used for Nationality

  • I am a New Zealander.

  • She is Taiwanese.

  • He is Korean.

 

practice

Complete the sentences. Hover over the blank to check:

 

Rebekah is beautiful.

They are monkeys.

I am hungry.

You are smart.

He is tired.

We are people.

 

Click the correct word to complete the sentence:

I ___ happy

Your answer is:

We ___ Korean.

Your answer is:

They ___ cats.

Your answer is:

It ___ a dragon.

Your answer is:

He ___ handsome.

Your answer is: