Using the Verb 'Be'

The verb 'be' is the most common word you will use.

The verb 'be' has different forms for different subjects. This is called conjugation.

'be' conjugation
subject 'be' present 'be' past
I am was
we are were
you are were
they are were
he is was
she is was
it is was

Examples of How to Use 'Be' in a Sentence

To make a negative sentence use 'be' + 'not'.

+ I am happy.

- I am not happy.

Use the same rules for subjects such as your friend John, or your cat.

If the subject is one (1) person or thing, you use the singular form of 'be'. This is the same form you use for 'he', 'she' and 'it'.

He is happy.

John is happy.

The cat is happy.

If the subject is more than one (2+) person or thing, you use the plural form of 'be'. This is the same form you use for 'they'.

They are happy.

John and Kate are happy.

The cats are happy.