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Today I am going to conjugate the verb “to be” in the positive, the negative and the interrogative.

TO BE – POSITIVE

TO BE
SINGULAR Contracted Form PLURAL Contracted Form
I am I’m We are We’re
You are You’re You are You’re
He/she/it is He’s/she’s/it’s They are They’re

 

This verb can be shortened. ‘I am’ becomes ‘I’m.  The ‘a’ is taken out and an apostrophe (’) is put in to show that a letter is missing.  The same applies to You’re/We’re/They’re.  With he’s/she’s/it’s, the ‘i’ is taken out and an (’) is put in.

You do not have to use the contracted version.  This is simply for you to understand it when you see or hear it.

 

NEGATIVE

 

  • You will learn how to form the negative in the simple present tense.

To form the negative of ‘to be’ you put ‘not’ after the verb.

 

SINGULAR Contracted form PLURAL Contracted form
I am not I’m not We are not We aren’t
You are not You aren’t You are not You aren’t
He is not He’s not They are not They aren’t
She is not She’s not    
It is not It’s not    
       

INTERROGATIVE

  • You will learn how to ask questions in the simple present tense.

To ask a question in the present tense, you need to invert the subject and verb i.e you change the position of the subject and verb.  See the table below.

SINGULAR PLURAL
Am I? Are we?
Are you? Are you?
Is he? Are they?
Is she?
Is it?
  • You will learn the verb ‘to have’ now.
  • You will also learn the contracted version of this verb.

You will note that he, she and it changes to ‘has’.

You should try and learn these thoroughly as they are very important in the English language.

There are several  links on You tube to help you with the verb “to be”.

See you tomorrow.

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