Simple Present with the Verb ‘To Be’

Posted by on March 8, 2015

 

Simple Present Tense

We use the simple present to describe facts, habits, and recurring actions or situations.  The simple present is sometimes called the present simple tense.

 

 

Examples:

– I work in Rome.

– I walk the dog everyday.

– She goes to the gym three times a week

 

 

The Verb ‘To Be’

The verb to be’ is the most frequently used ‘linking’ verbBe, being, been, am, is, was and were are some of it’s most common forms.

 

Let’s look at the verb be first:

Here’s the positive form:

Positive Positive Short Form
am I‘m
you are you‘re
he is he‘s
she is   she‘s
it is it‘s
we are we‘re
they are they‘re

 

Use:

– am with the personal pronoun I.

e.g. I am 35 years old.

 

– is with the personal pronouns he, she or it.

e.g. He is tired.

 

– are with the personal pronouns we, you or they.

e.g. Are you English?

 

 

Open Questions

Question word Verb Rest Answer
Where are you from? I’m from Barcelona
What is your name? My name is Peter.
How are Pat and Sue? They’re fine.

 

Summery

pronoun affirmative negative question
I I am. I am not. Am I?
he/she/it He is. He is not. Is he?
you/we/they You are. You are not. Are you?

 

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Simple Present Tense with the Verb ‘To Be’

We use the simple present to describe facts, habits, and recurring actions or situations. For example, we can use the present simple with the be verb when introducing ourselves or others.  In this example we are using the present simple tense with the be verb to talk about facts e.g. They are students.  They’re from France.

 

Note:

Verbs which are irregular in the present simple:

– have becomes has

– do becomes does

– go becomes goes

 

The verb ‘to do’ is also a common verb in English.  It is often used in questions.

 

 

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