'Be' Verbs


Welcome to the 'Be' Verbs WebQuest! In this exciting online adventure, you will explore the world of 'be' verbs and learn how to use them effectively in sentences. 'Be' verbs are essential for understanding and using the English language correctly. By the end of this WebQuest, you will be able to confidently identify and use 'be' verbs in various contexts.


Task  1. Watch the video carefully. Аfter watching the video, discuss the key and important points.

Task 2. 1) Read the following short story:

Title: "The 'Be' Verb Adventure"

Once upon a time in the small town of Grammarville, there lived a group of words. Among them were five special words known as 'be' verbs: am, is, are, was, and were. These 'be' verbs were essential in constructing meaningful sentences in Grammarville.

One sunny morning, 'Am' was feeling particularly excited. 'Am' was the first-person singular form of the 'be' verb. 'Am' loved to introduce himself and often said, "I am here!" 'Am' had a cheerful and optimistic personality that brightened up the town.

Meanwhile, 'Is' was quietly observing the world around him. 'Is' was the third-person singular form of the 'be' verb. He often noted, "He is playing," or "She is reading." 'Is' was known for his keen observations and attention to detail.

Across the street, 'Are' was having a lively conversation with a group of nouns. 'Are' was the second-person singular and plural form of the 'be' verb. He could say, "You are learning," or "They are singing." 'Are' was sociable and loved to bring people together.

In the nearby park, 'Was' and 'Were' were playing tag. 'Was' was the past tense of 'be' for the first-person singular and third-person singular. 'Were' was the past tense for the second-person singular and plural, as well as first-person and third-person plural. They had an adventurous spirit and liked to reminisce about events in the town, saying things like, "I was there!" or "They were happy."

One day, a young student named Sarah came to Grammarville. She was eager to learn about 'be' verbs and how they worked in sentences. She met 'Am,' 'Is,' 'Are,' 'Was,' and 'Were,' who were more than happy to help her understand their roles.

With the guidance of these friendly 'be' verbs, Sarah quickly learned how to use them in her sentences. She realized that 'be' verbs were like the glue that held words together, making sentences meaningful and complete.

From that day forward, Sarah, 'Am,' 'Is,' 'Are,' 'Was,' and 'Were' became the best of friends. They roamed Grammarville together, helping others understand the magic of 'be' verbs and how they made the town's language come alive. And so, in Grammarville, the 'be' verb adventure continued, ensuring that sentences were never incomplete, and communication always thrived.

2) As you read the story, highlight and write down every 'be' verb you find.

3) Сreate your own story similar to this one and share it with your friends.

Task 3. 

Get creative! Draw a picture that illustrates a sentence using a 'be' verb. For example, "The sun is shining."

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Task 4. 

Interview your classmates or friend and ask them to tell you about something they like to do. Write a sentence using a 'be' verb to describe what they like to do. For example, "Akerke is a great cook."

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Task 5. Complete the sentences with the forms of to be in the present simple (am, is, are).

1. I....at home.
2. She....not at home in the morning.
3. We.....in the park.
4. This...my new laptop.
5. Our friends.....on their summer holidays.
6. Uncle George..... a good football player.
7. The dog .....under the table.
8. He.....very funny.
9. The shoes..... white.
10. You......right.
11. Susan .......good at tennis.
12. They..... in the house.
13. His T-shirts ..... cool.
14. My sister......a good swimmer.
15. Shе ..... in Italy.


What are “to be” verbs? 

“To be” verbs are: are, am, is, was, were, been and being. They are used to describe or tell us the condition of people, things, places and ideas. For example, they could tell us the subject’s age, nationality, job or other traits. 

Example sentences using “to be” verbs

“To be” verbs in positive present tense sentences

I am American.

He is a teacher.

She is happy. 

They are at the movies. 

“To be” verbs in negative present tense sentences

I am not angry.

She is not at school.

It is not broken.

We are not students.

“To be” verbs in affirmative past tense sentences 

I was hungry. 

She was at the movies. 

You were there. 

It was great!. 

They were excited. 

“To be” verbs in negative past tense sentences

I was not there.

You were not here. 

He wasn’t a teacher.

We weren’t at the restaurant. 

Questions using “to be” verbs 

To make questions with be verbs, use this order: To be verb + subject + complement

Was I there?

Were you sad?

Was she at school?

Was it a good movie?

Were they late?


Verb To Be exercises general readin…: English ESL powerpoints

For each correct place 1 point. Overall 7 points.

7 correct answers - 10 point

6 correct answers - 9 point

5 correct answers - 8 point

4 correct answers - 7 point

3 correct answers - 4 point

2 correct answers - 2 point

+2 extra points to those who responded actively in class



Hometask : Write five sentences using 'be' verbs in different tenses (present, past, or future).

You have completed the tasks with the verbs "To Be" and honed your skills in using the verbs "to be".

See you in the next lesson:)