How To Use The Verb ‘To Be’ In English

Would you like to learn how to use the verb “To Be” in English? Here it’s shown a very simple way in how to use this verb. It is not complicated at all. Watch this video:

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • I am happy
  • You are sad
  • He/She/It is going home
  • We are eating lunch
  • You are a man/men
  • They are my friends

Verb ‘To Be’ In The First Person Singular: I Am Affirmative, Negative, Interrogative Form [Basic English Grammar]

How can you use the verb ‘to be’ in the first person singular? You already know that we conjugate the verb ‘to be’ as ‘am’ in the first person singular like in the phrase ‘I am a man’ or ‘I am going home’? So now, let’s talk about how to use the verb ‘to be’ in the first person singular to ask questions in the interrogative or deny things in the negative.

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

* I am David

* I’m a man

* I am not a woman

* I am 39 years old

* I am not 38 anymore

* Am I 40 already?

* Am I a doctor?

* No, I am not

* Am I a teacher?

* Yes, I am

Contraction: When speaking, we generally use contractions. So, ‘I am’ becomes “I’m”

Pronunciation Tip: Notice that in the pronunciation of ‘I am’ it almost sounds as if you were saying the word ‘yam’.

Extra Tip: In English, we use the verb ‘am’ to tell people how old we are. In some languages, like Portuguese we say ‘I have 39 years old’. But in English we use the verb ‘to be’ which may sound strange to you. So, just make sure to remember this when you are speaking English and talking about your age.

Verb ‘To Be’ In The Second Person Singular: You Are Affirmative, Negative, and Interrogative Form [Basic English Grammar]

Do you have trouble using the word ‘are’ from the second person singular of the verb ‘to be’ in English? In this video you’ll learn and practice how to form sentences with ‘are’ in the affirmative, negative, and interrogative form. Watch the video and check out the phrase at http://exlenglish.com/how-to-use-the-verb-to-be-in-english/

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

* You are a student

* You are watching this video

* You are not watching a movie

* You are my friend

* You are not my enemy

* Are you happy?

* Yes, you’re happy

* No, you’re not happy

Contraction for ‘You Are’ becomes “You’re” which is common way to use the verb ‘to be’ when you are speaking.

The pronunciation of “You’re” sounds like ‘Your’ which is spelled differently. But just to help you remember how to pronounce these words when you are speaking.

Verb ‘To Be’ In The Third Person Singular: ‘He Is’ Affirmative, Negative, and Interrogative Form [Basic English Grammar]

Do you know how to speak in English using the verb ‘to be’ in the third person singular with ‘He Is…’? In this video you’ll learn how to use the verb ‘to be’ in the affirmative, negative, and interrogative forms of the third person singular as ‘he is’.

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • He is an English teacher
  • He is a singer
  • He is not a doctor
  • He is wearing a blue shirt
  • He’s not wearing a red shirt
  • He isn’t hungry
  • He is wearing sunglasses
  • Is he American?
  • Is he Brazilian?
  • Is he a teacher?

When you use the negative form, you can say “He’s not…” or “He isn’t…” which are both contracted forms of the verb ‘to be’ in the third person singular.

Verb ‘To Be’ In The Third Person Singular: ‘She Is’ Affirmative, Negative, and Interrogative Form [Basic English Grammar]

Do you know how to use the verb ‘to be’ in the third person singular with ‘She Is…’? In this video you’ll learn how to use the verb ‘to be’ in the affirmative, negative, and interrogative forms of the third person singular as ‘she is…’, ‘she is not…’, and ‘is she…?

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • She is my mother
  • She is not my aunt
  • She is not my grandmother
  • Is she the boss?
  • Yes, she is the boss
  • Is she an employee?
  • No, she is not an employee
  • She is beautiful
  • She’s not ugly
  • She isn’t ugly
  • She is traveling now

Verb ‘To Be’ In The Third Person Singular: ‘It Is’ Affirmative, Negative, and Interrogative Form [Basic English Grammar]

Do you want to learn and practice the use of the verb ‘to be’ in the third person singular with ‘It Is…’? In this video you’ll learn how to use the verb ‘to be’ in the affirmative, negative, and interrogative forms of the third person singular as ‘It is…’, ‘It is not…’, and ‘is it…?’

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • This is an orange. It is green.
  • Here is another orange. It’s yellow.
  • It’s a book, and it’s red.
  • It’s not yellow.
  • It isn’t green.
  • Is it an orange?
  • Yes, it is.
  • Is it orange?
  • No, it isn’t. It’s green.

 

 

How To Use The Verb To Be In The First Person Singular – ‘We Are’ In English In The Affirmative, Negative And Interrogative Forms [Basic English Grammar]

Would you like to learn how to use ‘we are’ from the verb to be? Here in this short video there is a thorough explanation.

Are we live? Check. Testing 1, 2, 3.

Yep. We’re live. Good.

Hello there English students.

Let’s talk about the verb ‘to be’ conjugated as ‘are’ in the first person plural, the pronoun ‘we’ in the

  • Affirmative – We are intelligent
  • Contracted – We’re intelligent
  • Negative – We’re not stupid
  • And interrogative sentences – Are we intelligent?

Which means that in this video I’ll be talking about myself and others.

I’m going to start by talking about you and me.  Listen and repeat along with me.

  • You and I are humans. We are humans.
  • She and I are happy. We are happy.
  • He and I are on youtube. We are on youtube.
  • Sue and I are communicating. We are communicating.

You’ll notice that we can complete the sentences with nouns, adjectives, location, and verbs in the continuous tenses. I’ll point those out to you while we look at the contracted form of ‘we are’ which is pronounced we’re

  • We’re humans. (nouns)
  • We’re happy. (adjectives)
  • We’re on YouTube. (location)
  • We’re communicating. (continuous tense)

Now, when we convert this into the negative form, we can use the regular or contracted form three different ways.

  • We are not stupid
  • We’re not stupid
  • We aren’t stupid

So, go ahead and practice your pronunciation of the following sentences.

  • We are humans. We are not animals. We’re not animals. We aren’t animals.
  • We are happy. We are not sad. We’re not sad. We aren’t sad.
  • We are on YouTube. We are not on Facebook. We’re not on Facebook. We aren’t on Facebook.
  • We are communicating. We are not eating. We’re not eating. We aren’t eating.

Great! Now, let’s look at how to take these sentences and make the interrogative to ask a question. Like in our original phrase…

We are intelligent

All you do, is simply take the verb ‘are’ and place it before the pronoun ‘we’.

Are we intelligent?

Voila! And it becomes a question.

Now, I’m going to show you several affirmative phrases and I want you to make them interrogative.

  • We are humans. Are we humans? Yes, we are
  • We’re happy. Are we happy? Yes we are. Well, I am. And I hope you are too.
  • We are on YouTube. Are we on Orkut? No, we’re not. We’re on Youtube
  • We are communicating. Are we communicating? Yes, we are.

Great! So, that’s our basic lesson for the verb ‘to be’ conjugated as ‘are’ in the first person singular with the pronoun ‘we’ in the affirmative, negative, interrogative, and contracted form.

So, if you have questions, please leave them in the comments below.

I hope you found this lesson helpful.

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How To Use ‘You’ – 2nd Person Plural For The Verb To Be In English

Would you like to know how differentiate ‘YOU’ 2nd Person Singular from ‘ YOU’ 2nd Person Plural? This video will show just how to go about this.

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • You are bad
  • You are a bad person/You are bad people
  • You are a student/You are students
  • You are my friend/You are my friends
  • You are intelligent/You are all intelligent
  • You are happy/You all are happy

How To Conjugate The Verb ‘To Be’ In The Third Person Plural As ‘They Are’ in English

Would you like to know how to use the verb ‘To Be’ in the 3rd Person Plural? In this video we will look at the use of the phrase ‘They Are’ in English in the affirmative, contracted, negative, and interrogative form.

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • They are beautiful
  • They are sleeping
  • They’re beautiful
  • They’re not sleeping
  • They aren’t beautiful
  • Are they sleeping

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