Verb Forms of Be: Am, Is, Are

Be is a verb. It is the most important verb in English. It has three forms in the present tense. Those are am, is and are. Was and were are the past forms. The verb be is also used to form the sentences in passive voice.

In this chapter, we shall learn how to use these forms in present tense.

Use of am, is and are

Before using ‘be’ keep in mind that we should use the forms of it according to the subject of a sentence. We know that forms in present tense are- am, is and are. Among these forms-

  • we can use ‘am’ with only ‘I’
  • ‘is’ with he, she, it and any singular noun
  • ‘are’ with ‘we’, ‘they’ and any plural noun

Subject + be (verb)

We should use forms of be according to the subject. I, we, you, he, she, it and they are subjects. We can use ‘you’ as  singular or plural subject.

After the subject, the verb ‘be’ changes to its form am, is or are.

Have a look-

  • I am
  • We are
  • You are
  • You are
  • He is
  • She is
  • It is
  • They are

Also read-

Forms of Be in Past Tense- Was and Were

We shall have some examples. Let’s have a look-

  1. I am a girl.
  2. You are a girl.
  3. I am a boy.
  4. He is a boy.
  5. I am eighteen years old.
  6. You are seventeen.
  7. He is an old person.
  8. They are noble persons.
  9. He is a tragic person.
  10. I am a peaceful person
  11. I am a smart lady.
  12. You are happy.
  13. He is very tired.
  14. She is bored.
  15. It is a cat.
  16. They are students.
  17. I am a doctor.
  18. You are a professor
  19. She is a potter.
  20. He is a blacksmith.
  21. I am a goldsmith.
  22. They are engineers.
  23. I am a housewife.
  24. They are hawkers.
  25. I am a collector.
  26. She is a police.

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