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Grammar exercise: to be

Infinitive: to be

Present simple:
I am (je suis) I’m
You are (tu es/vous êtes) You’re
He is (il est) He’s
She is (elle est) She’s
It is (c’est) It’s
One is (on est) One’s
We are (nous sommes) we’re
They are (ils/elles sont) they’re

I’m not / am I?
You’re not/ are you?
He’s not / is he?
We’re not / are we?


Fill the gap with the correct form of B:

1. It _____ a red t-shirt.
2. I ______ English.
3. You ______ not alone.
4. Kevin ______ 20 years old.
5. My brothers ______ older than me.
6. My colleague and I ______ late for work.
7. I ______ cold, put the heating on.


2. am
3. are
4. is
5. are
6. are
7. am

Exercise 2: use the comment box to answer these questions:
example: (name?) : My name is Jonathan
(from?) I’m from Birmingham, England

1. (name?)
2. (from?)
3. (age?)
4. (job?)
5. (married or single?)

debutants: the verb ‘to be’

My name is Jonathan.
I’m a teacher.
I’m English. I’m from Birmingham.
I’m 40.
I’m married.
I’m not very tall.
My wife isn’t English, she’s French.
My favourite sports are Cricket and swimming.
I’m interested in music and insects.


I am (I’m)

He (he’s)
She is (she’s)
It (it’s)

we (we’re)
you are (you’re)
they (they’re)


I am not (I’m not)

he (he’s not / he isn’t)
she is not (she’s not / she isn’t)
it (it’s not / it isn’t)

we (we’re not / we aren’t)
you are not (you’re not / you aren’t)
they (they’re not / they aren’t)

des mind maps sont utiles pour assimiler les points de grammaire.

Attention! En français parfois on emploie le verbe ‘avoir’ plus nom pour exprimer certaines choses – J’ai froid/chaud, 25ans, peur, faim/soif. En anglais on emploie ‘être’ (to be – am, is, are) plus adjectif:

I am cold/hot, 25 years old, afraid, hungry/thirsty (lit:affamé, assoiffé)