Exercise 1

Choose the correct present simple forms of ‘to be’ to for the gaps below.

1 A: ' you a teacher?'
B: 'Yes, I .'

2 A: ' your name Marcus?'
B: 'Yes, it .

3 A: ' your children here?'
B: 'No, they .

4 A: ' this your suitcase?'
B: 'No, it .

5 A: 'Where we?'
B: 'I think this Oxford street.'

6 A: ' it Saturday today?'
B: 'No, It Sunday.'

7 A: ' your friends from the UK?'
B: 'No, from the US.'

8 A: 'Hello, Maria. How you?'
B: ' fine, thanks.'

9 A: 'How old Peter?'
B: 'I think 30 years old.'

10 A: ' David and Molly here?'
B: 'Yes, next to the door.'



be – present simple form

Present simple of 'be' – form

they= people and things

We use he for a man, she for a woman and it for a thing.

  • He‘s a little boy. 
  • She‘s beautiful. 
  • I like this TV. It‘s very big. 

We use they for people and for things.

  • I love Sara and Jonas. They are my friends.
  • I love these chairs. They are very beautiful.


Don’t forget the subject

We always need a subject before the verb.

  • It is cold. (NOT Is cold.)
  • Sally is a wonderful woman. (NOT Is a wonderful woman.)


Contractions or short forms

We use ‘m, ‘s and ‘re with personal pronouns (I, you, he, etc.)

  • I’m sad.
  • You’re tired.
  • She’s from Scotland.

But we can also use ‘s with names.

  • Laura’s beautiful.
  • London’s an expensive city. 


Contractions in short answers

We can only use contractions in negative short answers. Not in positive short answers.

  • Yes, I am. (NOT Yes, I’m.)
  • Yes, she is. (NOT Yes, she’s.)
  • Yes, they are. (NOT Yes, they’re.)


be – present simple use

The different uses of the verb 'to be'
We use the verb be to talk about:

  • Who we are: I‘m Steven and this is Isabella. And this is my daughter, Alicia.
  • Age: I‘m 24 years old and my father is 50. 
  • Job: I‘m a teacher and my wife is a doctor. 
  • Nationality: Alex is from Ireland, and Sonia is from Spain.
  • Feelings: I‘m scared. She is very tired. 
  • ColourOur dog is black. His eyes are blue.
  • Prices: It‘s seven pounds. This T-shirt is twenty dollars.  
  • The weather: It‘s sunny today. It is very cold this morning. 
  • The time: What time is it? It‘s ten past four. 
  • Descriptions in general: He is very short and thin. The cars are old and cheap. 


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