Verb to be*

The Verb - to Be

April 4, 2019

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

The verb to be is the most irregular verb in the English language. It is normally a linking verb showing existence or the condition of the subject. It can also be used as an auxiliary verb when forming the passive voice.:

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The verb – to be

The verb to be” is the most irregular verb in the English language. It is normally a linking verb showing existence or the condition of the subject. It can also be used as an auxiliary verb when forming the passive voice.

Rules for using the verb – “to be”:

The verb tense “to be” changes form according to the subject, when used as both the auxiliary verb and the main verb.

The verb “to be” changes form according to the subject, when used as both the auxiliary verb or as the main verb.

When the verb tense “to be” is used as a main verb tense it is used in the simple tense only.

When the verb tense “to be” is the only verb, when used as a main verb.

When the verb tense “to be” is used as the main verb tense.

  • Negative statements/sentence use the word “not” without “do – does – did”.
  • Questions are formed by putting the verb “to be:” before the subject.