To be (Present)

This page will teach you when and how to use to be present(am/is/are). Students often forget which forms to properly use with Subject Pronouns. If you would like to learn more about this to be in the present, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to look around, learn, and practice.

In present tenses be = am/is/are depending on which pronouns we use it with:

pronoun be contraction
I am I’m
you are you’re
he is he’s
she she’s
it it’s
pronoun be contraction
we are we’re
you you’re
they they’re

The word be can be used to make negatives and questions:

Affirmative Negative Question
I am / I’m I am not / I’m not Am I?
you are / you’re you are not / you aren’t / you’re not Are you?
he is / he’s he is not / he isn’t / he’s not Is he?
she is / she’s she is not / she isn’t / she’s not Is she?
it is / it’s it is not / it isn’t / it’s not Is it?
Affirmative Negative Question
we are / we’re we are not / we aren’t / we’re not Are we?
you are / you’re you are not / you aren’t / you’re not Are you?
they are / they’re they are not / they aren’t / they’re not Are they?

The word be is:

-used with adjectives to describe somebody/something.

I’m tired I think I’ll take a nap.

The dress is white and gold. It isn’t black and blue.

Is Mark’s new car expensive?

-used with there and prepositions to describe existence and location.

There is a lot of snow outside.

The car keys are on the table.

-used with the Present Continuous as an auxiliary verb.I am taking a pottery class.

Harold isn’t working at the moment. He’s unemployed.

Are Susan and Fred seeing each other?

-used with the Passives as an auxiliary verb.

Lots of products are made in China.

Darrel is driven to school by his mom every morning.