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Verbs


the verb "be"

This is the most important verb to learn in English, and I think it should be the first verb you learn about. 


examples for the verb "be"

I am a teacher. 

Teacher Paul / Paul Lawrence

You are a student. 

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It is a bike. 

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be
Present Tense - Affirmative

singular

I am
You are
He is
She is
It is
plural

We are
You are

They are

be
Present Tense - Negative

singular

I am not
You are not
He is not
She is not
It is not
plural

We are not
You are not

They are not

be
Present Tense
Affirmative Contractions

singular

I am = I'm
You are = You're
He is = He's
She is = She's
It is = It's
plural

We are = We're
You are = You're

They are = They're

be
Present Tense
Negative Contractions 1

singular

I am not = I'm not
You are not = You're not
He is not = He's not
She is not = She's not
It is not = It's not
plural

We are not = We're not
You are not = You're not

They are not = They're not

To make negative contractions with the verb “be,”  combine the verb “be” and the word “not.” 

For example: 

are + not = aren’t

is + not + isn’t 

Note: It’s not possible to combine “am” and “not” unless you want to use the word “ain’t.” 

be
Present Tense
Negative Contractions 2

singular

I am not = I'm not
You are not = You aren't
He is not = He isn't
She is not = She isn't
It is not = It isn't
plural

We are not = We aren't
You are not = You aren't

They are not = They aren't

Practice

Directions: Put the verb “be” into each sentence. Write the answers in your notebook. 

 

1. I __________ a student.  

2. You _______ a teacher. 

3. He ________ a cook. 

4. She _______ a doctor. 

5. It ________ a school. 

6. We _______ students. 

7. You _______ teachers. 

8. They _______ people. 

 

 

 

Directions: Change the verb “be” to the negative form for each sentence. Write the answers in your notebook. 

 

1. I  __________ a teacher.  

2. You _______ a student. 

3. He ________ a doctor. 

4. She _______ a cook. 

5. It ________ a store. 

6. We _______ teachers. 

7. You _______ students. 

8. They _______ business people. 

 

The four principal parts

be / was or were / been / being

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