What are the different forms of the verb "to be?"


Quick Answer

"Am," "is" and "are," are present-tense forms of the verb "to be," while "was" and "were" are past-tense forms. The perfect form is "(have) been," and the progressive form is "(am) being."

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"To be" is one of the most frequently used verbs in the English language, and it is also the most irregular, using a different form often even within a particular tense. The present tense has three different forms, instead of the usual base verb or base verb plus -s of a regular verb. The past tense has two forms instead of the one -ed form of a regular verb.

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