29+ Be Verb Examples: When, Where, How, Why To Use And Not Use And FAQs


We will discuss be verb examples in this article.

Be verb is used as an auxiliary   as well as a main verb. .It has eight different forms namely be, is, are, am, was, were,been and being.

‘ Is’, ‘are’ ,and ‘am’ are the simple present forms   the ‘be verb’. ‘Was’ and ‘were’  are the past tense form of the ‘be’verb.’Been’ is the past participle form of the be verb.’Being’ is the present participle form of the be verb.

Let us have a look at some sentences containing be verbs .

Be verb  examples .

1. I am a singer

“Am” is a present tense form of the verb ‘be’and it is used with the subject ‘I’.Here ’ be’(am) is used as a main verb.

2. I am singing.

Here the ‘be’verb  is used as a helping verb.

3.I am writing a novel.

‘’Am” is a form of the be verb which is used here as an auxiliary verb in a present progressive sentence.

4.I was writing a novel

“Was” is a past tense form of the ‘be’ verb which is used here  as an auxiliary verb in a past progressive sentence.

5.You are responsible for it.

“Are” is a present tense form  of the verb ‘be’ and it is used with a plural subject ‘you’.

6.He is a medical professional. 

“Is” is a present tense form of the verb ‘be’ which we use with a singular subject.

7. My mother is my role model.

Here we used a ‘be’  verb ‘is’ because my mother  is a singular subject

8.They are my students.

“Are”is a present tense form of the ‘be’ verb  which is used when  the subject is plural.

9. He was with his friends yesterday.

“Was” is a past tense form of the verb ’be’which we use when the subject is singular and the action is past. Here the subject is singular (he) and the action happened yesterday.

10.We were discussing the issue in detail

The ‘be’ verb form “were” is used when the subject is plural and the action is in the past..

11.Radha has been a good dancer

“Been” is the past participle form of the ‘be’ verb .It is used here in present perfect tense sentence.

12. They have been discussing for three hours.

“Been” is the past participle form of the verb’be’ and it is used here in a present perfect continuous tense sentence.

13.I had been living in Bombay since 1990.

This past perfect continuous tense sentence uses the  past participle form of the ‘be’ verb “been”.

14. Manu is being quiet

   ‘’Is” and “being” are the forms of be verb used here.”Being” is the present participle form of the verb ‘be’.

15.She is being questioned by the authorities.

“ Being” is the present participle form of the verb ’be’and it is used here after the singular verb ‘is’ which is another form of ‘be’ verb.

16.I visit my school often. Being here gives me happiness.

“Being” as a present participle form of the verb ‘be’ is used here to denote a state or a feeling.

17.He is being aggressive.

To show the continuous tense of the verb’be’ we should use it as an auxiliary as well as  a main verb in the same sentence. Here”is” is used as an auxiliary verb and “being”is used as  the main verb.

18.My friend and I tried to prank my sister but were caught red handed.

“Were” is a past tense form of the ‘be’ verb we use when the subject is plural.

19.Michael  wants to be a theatre artist.

“Be” is used in present tense here and it  follows ‘to’.

20. Mary will be participating in the next Olympics.

   “Be” is used in future tense here and It follows the modal verb ‘will’

21. You should be active throughout the match.

      The verb “be” follows the modal verb ‘should’.

22.They might be stuck in the traffic.

The verb “be” follows the modal verb ‘might’.

23.I am not a teacher.

Here “be” verb (am) is used in a negative sentence which should be followed by ‘not’.(Negative sentences need ‘not’ after the verb ‘be’).

24.He is not a thief to steal the money.

Since it is a negative sentence, it needs ‘not’ after the ‘be’ verb (is).

25.They are not going to release him

This negative sentence uses “are” ,a present tense form of ‘be’ verb.Since it is a negative sentence we used ‘not’ after the verb.

26. Am I wrong in my conclusion?

Since it is an interrogative sentence the ‘be’ verb “am”comes first in the sentence.

27.Are you talking about him?.

Since it is an interrogative sentence the present tense form of the ‘be’ verb “are”comes first in the sentence.

28. He was chased by a dog.

“Was” is a past tense form of the ‘be’ verb.We use the ‘be’ form because it is a passive sentence .We do not use ‘be’ verb in active sentences.

29.Is he going to spill the beans.

      “Is” is a present tense form of the ‘be’verb.Since it is an interrogative sentence we used it in the beginning.

30.  I’m here. Now we can play.

contracted form of ‘be’(am)is used .

31.They’re coming to play with you.

Contracted form of ‘be’(are) verb is used.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What type of Verb is Be?

“Be’ is an irregular verb. Its past tense form cannot be formed by adding an –ed..It can act as an auxiliary as well as a main verb.

Where to use Verb Be?

We can use it in progressive sentences as well as passive sentences.

For example: I am eating burger (progressive)

                     Burger is eaten (passive)

Where to not use Verb Be?

When you use active sentences you need not use the ‘be’ verb.

                     The thief was arrested by the police(passive)

                     The police arrested the thief. (active)

When to use Verb Be?

To help the main verb to convey a time. For example: I was reading.

   We can use be verb to link one idea to another. For example:The umbrella is black.

When to not use Verb Be?

When you have a stronger linking verb instead of the ‘be’ verb  ,you need not to use ‘be’.

For example;’ She was disturbed ’.we can rewrite it as ‘she seemed disturbed’.

How to use Verb Be?

The verb be can be used either as an auxiliary verb or as a main verb.

I am brushing my teeth( be as an auxiliary verb)

He was a doctor.(be as a main verb)

Why to use Verb Be?

We use ‘be’ as an auxiliary verb so that we can form sentences with continuous tense and passive tense.

Be is which part of speech?

Be is a verb.

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