To Be Verbs
Definition Of Be Verbs:
Verbs like am, is, are, was, were do not show action; they are verbs of being. They tell us about a state of being or existence. They don’t give any meaning but they are used to describe a subject. The be verbs are followed by a noun or an adjective or an adverb.
The most frequently used linking verb is be, whose forms include the following
The Verb ‘BE’
Be Verbs List In Tenses
|Person||Subject||Present Tense||Past Tense|
|First – Singular||I||am||was|
|First – Plural||we||are||were|
|Second – Singular||you||are||were|
|Second – Plural||you||are||were|
|Third – Singular||he, she, it||is||was|
|Third – Plural||they||are||were|
Examples For Be Verbs:
|I am a Doctor||We were playing|
|He was a rich man||They are running|
the verb be doesn’t contain the word be at all. It is made up of the verbs am, is, are, was, and were, and these are be-ing verbs
|She be sleeping||She is sleeping|
In speech and informal writing the short forms of ‘be» are used. Here is a list of the short forms of ‘be’:
|Full Form||Short Form|
What Is The Meaning Of Verb ‘Be’?
Now look at the meaning of the ‘be’.
|I am a sales representative||You are a Software Engineer|
|Sugar is sweet.||Ten minus two is eight.|
There is no special meaning for the verb ‘be’. It just links the subject and the subject complement. That is why it is called a copula or linking-verb .
The verb ‘be’ is hardly ever used by itself; it requires a complement to complete the meaning. That is why it is also called a verb of incomplete predication (i.e., the predication is not complete without a complement).
Negative Sentences With ‘Be’
Look at the following pairs of sentences:
Examples Of Negative Sentences In Be Verb:
|Mr. Boon is an electrician.||He is not an electrician|
|I am a painter.||I’m not a painter|
|He is in the room.||He is not in the room|
Negative sentences with a form of ‘be’ are formed by adding ‘not’ to the form of ‘be’