BE (Primary Verb)

Examples

  • I am a student at this school.
  • You are a student at this school.
  • He / she / it is a student at this school.
  • We are students at this school.
  • You are students at this school.
  • They are students at this school.

Conjugating BE

Conjugation Table BE-1

*: BE doesn’t usually take Continuous time forms -the meaning changes.

The Present forms of BE are often contracted, especially after a pronoun: I’m, you’re, she’s

BE Is Self-Sufficient

 In Simple tenses, you don’t need DO to make questions or negations:

Conjugation Table BE-2
Conjugation Table BE-3

The most common negative contracted forms are:

Conjugation Table BE-4

BE as a Primary Verb

BE is what they call a “Primary Verb”: it can be both ‘normal’ (or lexical) verb and ‘auxiliary’ verb.

BE is the auxiliary for:

  • Continuous time forms:
    • She was having a shower when I called.
  • The Passive voice:
    • Pigs are fattened for their meat.

Exercises for BE can be found here.


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