the verb be


The verb be has the following forms:

Present simple: Affirmative I am
You are
He/She/It is
We are
You are
They are
  Question form: Am I?
Are you?
Is he/she it?
Are we?
Are you?
Are they?
  Negative: I am not/ I’m not
You are not/ aren’t
He/She/It is not/ isn’t
We are not/aren’t
You are not/aren’t
They are not/aren't
Past simple   I was
You were
He/She/It was
We were
You were
They were
The past participle:   been.  
Present perfect:   has/have been  
Past perfect:   had been  

 The verb be is used in the following patterns:

1. with a noun:

My mother is a teacher.
Bill Clinton was the president of the US.

2. with an adjective:

This soup is very tasty.
The children were good.

2.1 with the -ing form to make the continuous aspect

We were walking down the street.
Everything was wet. It had been raining for hours.

2.2 with the -ed form to make the passive voice

The house was built in 1890.
The street is called Montagu Street.
This car was made in Japan.

3. with a prepositional phrase:

John and his wife are from Manchester.
The flowers are on the table.







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plz explain the difference sir..and their meaning context wise.

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Hi LearnEnglish Team,

Could you please explain how to use "in holidays" and "on holidays" correctly.


Hello Dona.

The adjective to Holidays its only on... Ex: Im on holiday we cant use im in holidays its wrong.

Hello Dona,

As far as I know, in is not used with "holiday(s)". You can go or be on holiday, go home for the holidays or work over or during the holidays, but I can't think of an instance when I'd say in holidays.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Kirk. I normally use "on" with holidays, but I heard a guy say, "I work in my holidays" in a video on LearnEnglish Teens. Because of that I wanted to ask you and make sure whether "in" is used with holidays. Thank you once again.

Hi LearnEnglish Team,

Could you explain the correct usage of "made of " something and "made from" something. (eg: bread is "made of" flour and bread is "made from" flour) Is there any difference between these two?
Awaiting your reply.
Thank you

Hi Dona S,

Normally, made of is used to describe the material used to make something. For example, we can say that a house is made of wood or stone (or whatever). But when the material used to make something undergoes a significant transformation, made from is normally used. For example, paper is made from trees. When speaking about how to prepare some kind of food, often with is used: bread is made with wheat flour, water, salt and yeast.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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