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English Grammar Reference: The Verb to be

The verb to be is the first verb to learn when you are learning English. It immediately allows us to give basic information about ourselves and other people.



 I am

 We are

 I'm not / I aren't

 We aren't / we're not

 You are

 You are

 You aren't / you're not

 You aren't / you're not

 He is
 She is
 It is

 They are

 He isn't / he's not
 She isn't / She's not
 It isn't / It's not

 They aren't / They're not

When we make a question, remember to invert the verb and the subject:

He is happy. (affirmation)
Is he happy? (question)

You are French. (affirmation)
Are you French? (question)

So with the verb to be we can make some useful questions and sentences.

Where are you from?
I'm from England.

How old are you?
I'm 21.

What's your job?
I'm a teacher.

Are you married?
Yes, I am.