Grammar Lessons: The Verb To be

Grammar Lessons: The Verb To be

The Verb To Be
Verb to Be: I am a DJ

What’s the Verb To Be?

The verb to has many uses, you can use to make sentences to talk about the past (I was a janitor), to talk about actions that are taking place in this moment (I am writing), to talk about actions that will take place in the future (I will be a good student). You can also use the verb to be for the passive voice in english (the house was built by me)

Verb To Be Basic Usage

The Verb to Be is used to say something about a person, thing, or state, to show a permanent or temporary quality, state, job.


He is rich.
It is cold today.
I am Andy.
We are friends
They are really cool
You are fantastic

How to Make Contractions

Uncontracted Form  Contracted Form
 I am a janitor  I’m a janitor
You are funny You’re funny
she is my friend She’s my friend
he is a doctor He’s a doctor
it is my dog It’s my dog
We are at home We’re home
They are crazy They’re crazy

How to Make Negative Forms

 Positive  Negative  Contracted Form
 I am janitor  I am not a janitor  I‘m not a janitor
 You are funny  You are not funny  You aren’t funny
 She is my friend  She is not my friend  She isn’t my friend
 He is a doctor   He is not a doctor   He isn’t a doctor
 It is my dog  It is not my dog  It isn’t my dog
We are at home  We are not at home  We aren’t at home
They are crazy They are not crazy They aren’t crazy

 How to Make Questions

Positive  Questions
 I am a janitor Am I a janitor?
You are funny Are you funny
she is my friend Is she my friend?
he is a doctor Is he a doctor?
it is my dog Is it my dog?
We are at home Are we home?
They are crazy Are they crazy?


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Verb to be Quiz

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