Simple Present with the Verb ‘To Be’
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.
– 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’ verb. Be, 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 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?
|Where||are||you from?||I’m from Barcelona|
|What||is||your name?||My name is Peter.|
|How||are||Pat and Sue?||They’re fine.|
|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?|
- Talking about feelings
- Verb be: he, she, it
- Verb be: we, you, they; negatives (all persons)
- Verb be: [–] and [?] (1)
- Verb be: [–] and [?] (2)
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.
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.