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Lesson 5
be - questions - present tense

be - questions - present tense

Many questions in English use the verb “be” in the present tense. 

 

In this lesson, you will learn how to ask questions using the verb “be” in the present tense for a “yes-no” answer. 

be + subject + adjective ✍🏽

Singular

Am I cold? 

Are you cold? 

Is he hot? 

Is she hot? 

Is it hot? 

 

Plural

Are we together? 

Are you interested? 

Are they tired? 

 

Short Answers: 

A: Are you cold? 

B: Yes, I am. (I am cold) 

A: Is he a student? 

B: Yes, he is

 

Do you see the verb “be” in the question and the answer? 

Teacher Paul
Teacher Paul
  • Student: Are you a teacher? 
  • Teacher: Yes, I am. 
  • A: Is he a teacher? 
  • B: Yes, he is. 
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student
  • Teacher: Are you a student? 
  • Student: Yes, I am. 
  • A: Is she a teacher. 
  • B: No, she isn’t. She’s a student. 

be + subject + noun ✍🏽

Singular

Am I a teacher? 

Are you a student? 

Is he a cashier? 

Is she a driver? 

Is it an apartment? 

 

Plural

Are we _____ ? 

Are you ______? 

Are they ______? 

 

 

Short Answers: 

A: Are we in school on Sunday? 

B: No, you aren’t. 

A: Are we in school on Monday? 

B: Yes, we are.

Teacher Paul
Teacher Paul
  • A: Is he a teacher? 
  • B: Yes, he is. 
  • A: Is this a website for English? 
  • B: Yes, it is. 
  • A: Is it dark outside? 
  • B: No, it isn’t. 
beautiful, business, computer-15728.jpg
student
  • A: Are you a student? 
  • B: Yes, I am. 
  • A: Is that your computer? 
  • B: Yes, it is. 
  • A: Is your sweater blue? 
  • B: No, it isn’t. 

This next video explains how short answers are formed for questions that include the verb “be” in the present tense. 

In Lesson Six, you will learn about subject complements.