Lesson #3 New Material – "to be" & "to have"

The verbs “be” and “have” are used very often in the simple present tense. They are formed a little differently than the verbs we studied last week. Let’s take a look.

We use “to be” when we talk about the qualities of a person or thing, like:

I am a woman.
My name is Suzanne.
He is 50 years old.
They are from Puerto Rico.
We are all in the same class.
You are my friend.

If you look at the verbs closely, you’ll see three forms: am, are, and is.

Let’s use the same set-up we’ve used to conjugate the verb


Singular Plural
I   am We   are
You   are You    are
He        is 

She       is

It            is

John         is

My mother    is

The dog     is

They   are
Children  are

See if you can write a sentence for each one.

Now let’s look at “to have” This is also a little different. You just have to memorize these two forms.


Singular Plural
I   have We   have
You   have You    have
He        has 

She   has

It  has

John  has

My mother  has

The dog   has

They   have
Children  have

Again, try to write a sentence with each one above.

To practice, see if you can pick the correct choice in the following examples:

1) John is/are/am a policeman.

2) The dog has/have a long tail.

3) They is/are/am brothers.

4) Children has/have rules to follow.

5) The woman is/are/am a friend of mine.

6) You has/have to go to school every day.

7) We is/are/am members of the same church.

8.) It has/have a long life.

9) The people is/are/am happy to be home.

10) I is/are/am ready for class.

Check your answers