Lesson 1
be - present tense

The verb "be"

The best place to begin is with the verb “be.” In the present tense, the verb “be” takes three forms: am, is, or are



When you see the ✍🏾, write in your notebook. 

be - present tense ✍️


I am a person. 

You are a person. 

He is a student. 

She is a student. 

It is a book. 


We are people. 

You are people. 


They are students. 

  • I am your teacher. 
  • You are my student. 
  • It is cold outside. 
  • I am outside. 
  • There is snow on the ground. 
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  • He is a student.
  • There are other students. 
  • They are all in a classroom. 
  • It is warm in the classroom. 
  • The teacher is somewhere in the classroom. 

be – present tense


Part A – Directions: Underline the verb “be” in each sentence. Indicate if the verb (be) is singular or plural. 


  1. He is a student. (singular / plural) 

  2. The books are old.  (singular / plural) 

  3. My teacher’s name is Paul. (singular / plural) 

  4. Joe and Mary are students.  (singular / plural) 

  5. It is a dog. (singular / plural) 

  6. They are large. (singular / plural) 

  7. I am a student. (singular / plural) 

  8. You are a student. (singular / plural) 

  9. You are students. (singular / plural) 

  10. We are in the classroom  (singular / plural) 


Part B – Directions: Write the correct form of the verb “be” for each sentence. 


  1. I __________ a student. 

  2. The teacher __________ a man. 

  3. We __________ at school. 

  4. You __________ a student. 

  5. The coffee __________ hot. 

  6. Mary __________ on her phone. 

  7. The books __________ on the table. 

  8. It __________ a large building. 

  9. The family __________ at the table. 

  10.  Breakfast _________ my favorite meal. 

be - present tense negative ✍🏾

To make the verb “be” negative, just add “not” after the verb. 


I am not inside.

You are not here. 

He is not a teacher. 

She is not a teacher. 

It is not a car. 


We are not in the same room.

You are not here with me.




They are not at a school. 

  • I am not outside. I’m inside.
  • You are not here. You are there. You are somewhere else.  
  • It is not cold inside. It’s warm inside. 
  • Are you inside or outside right now? (This is a question.)
  • They are not inside. They’re outside. 
  • They are not at home. 
  • They are not in a classroom. 
  • It is not cold outside. It’s warm. 

be - present tense questions ✍🏾

To form a question, put the verb “be” in front of the subject. 


Am I outside? 

Are you outside? 

Is he inside? 

Is she inside? 

Is it in the classroom? 


Are we in the same room? 

Are you all in a classroom?

Are they at school right now? 

In Lesson Two, you learn how to use the word “there.”