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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Should I test the feature to see whether the class will get cancelled after the 11th minute would pass?

Is this grammatically correct ? How could I express myself better in this situation? I know about the conditionals but I am not sure if I can use it in this situation or if I can I don't know how.

Hello Sash,

I'm actually not sure what you're trying to say here. The grammatical form you are using is not correct as we would not mix 'will' and 'would' in this way, but I don't understand the sentence you are trying to say, so it's hard to suggest how to say it. If you can explain what you mean then we can try to help.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I am trying to understand which is the subject +passive verb+ infinitive in this sentence
"A large number of contemporary Egyptian traditions are said to have their origons in very ancient times"
Please can you help me?

Hello Scarlett,

Generally we do not provide answers to exercises from elsewhere for our users as we simply have too many users to do so. However, I will tell you that the key here is that there is a very long subject ('A large number of contemporary Egyptian traditions') - once you identify this I think you can find the passive verb and infinitive.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again!
Is the following sentence grammatically correct?
I would choose what to drink depending on the sort of mood I'm in.

Hello Sash,

Without a context it is difficult to comment for sure, but there seems to be a conflict here.

If the sentence refers to a particular hypothetical situation, then we would use was rather than am:

I would choose what to drink depending on the sort of mood I was in.

On the other hand, if the sentence refers to typical behaviour (rather than a particular example), then we would use the present simple rather than would:

I choose what to drink depending on the sort of mood I'm in.

However, it is possible to make a sentence which contains both would and the present simple. I have done so as part of this answer:

If the sentence refers to typical behaviour, then we would use the present simple rather than would.

However, this is because there is an implied second clause here:

If the sentence refers to typical behaviour, then we would use the present simple rather than would if we needed to say it.

In other words, the would is justified because of the implied contextual meaning, which is why the context is important in answering your question.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

Thank you so much Mr. Peter for your concise answer. I appreciate it.

Sir, I when should I use "I am being a doctor" and "I am a doctor".

Hello Jefrieap,

We do not generally use 'be' in continuous forms as a main verb, so 'I am a doctor' is the correct form and 'I am being...' is not correct.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
Why do we have to be in the sentence
"I want to be a scientist." or "There appears to be smoke coming out of the house. " Could you refer me to a page that talks about it. Thank you.

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