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 3 different types of verbs.

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

State-of-being: 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.

Practice What You've Learned

English grammar
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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