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Elementary Level - The verb 'Be'

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The verb 'be' shows a state not an action

I live in Spain. (action)
I like my job. (action)
My brother is a doctor. (state)
You are tired. (state)

Remember that verbs must match subjects
I am Spanish.
You are very tall.
He is a doctor.
We are students.

To make 'be' negative use 'not'
He is not a doctor.
I am not German.
We are not angry.

In a question the verb 'be' is first
Are you tired?
Is he French?
Are we late?

In informal writing 'I am' becomes 'I'm' - he/she is, he's, she's – it is, it's – you are, you're - we are, we're – they are, they're

Is not is written isn't and are not, aren't
He isn't here.
We aren't late.

Lesson by Tristan, teacher at EC Malta English school

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