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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Verb "To Be"

 
 

Definition

The verb "to be" is the most important verb in the English language. It is used for descriptions, continuous tenses, and passives.

Example

   
The car is red. (present simple)
The women are drinking coffee. (present continuous)
The door is locked by Joanne. (passive)

Explanation

The verb "to be" --

  • does not show action.
  • is a stative verb, a verb with no action.
  • is an irregular verb.
  • is used as an auxiliary verb in continuous tense.
  • has future and past forms.
  • is used in passive sentences.
  • is used in yes / no questions.

Related Sections

Irregular Verbs
Passives
Past Continuous
Present Continuous
Questions
Verbs