English grammar

Module 3, Verbs, Lesson 5:

The Verb To Be

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English grammar

The verb to be can be used as three different types of verbs.

State-of-being
Wendell is here today.
Is describes Wendell's state of being; he is here in this spot.
Helping
Irena is listening to the teacher.
Is helps show that the action of listening is ongoing.
Linking
Daphne is very kind.
Is links Daphne and the adjective kind.
Hint:
If to be is followed by an adverb that can answer the questions when or where, it is a state-of-being verb.

The verb to be can be used as all 3 types of verbs.

Action:
Wendell is here today. (Wendell is being, and he's doing it here.)
Helping:
Irena is listening to the teacher. (Is helps listening show that it is ongoing.)
Linking:
Daphne is very kind. (Is links Daphne and the adjective kind.)
Hint:
If to be is followed by when or where (an adverb), it is a state-of-being (a type of action) verb.

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Directions:
Identify how the verb to be is being used.
1.
Felicia is my best friend.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
2.
Is David here today?
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
3.
I hope Joely is coming to my house this weekend.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
4.
Sammi and Laci were best friends until they had a fight.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
5.
The Romans were tolerant of other cultures in their empire.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
6.
We will be at your house next weekend.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
7.
We were walking down the street when we saw the hawk.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
8.
You should be happy to see your grandparents.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
9.
A fire in the fireplace is comforting on a cold night.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
10.
The lost dog was in our backyard.
state-of-beingaction / helping / linking
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