Am, two

In this lesson, we go over the verb am.

Be as a Linking Verb

Linking (or copulative) verbs connect a subject with a predicate noun or adjective. The noun or adjective help define or describe the subject. Linking verbs have little meaning of their own.

Be is the most common linking verb. It has different forms depending on the subject and tense.

Forms of be: be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being

Am is the first person singular (I), present form of be.

Positive Sentences

The basic structure for sentences with I and be as a linking verb is

(+): I + am + noun/adjective


• I am a doctor.
• I am hungry.
• I am at school right now. Right now, I am at work.

Negative Sentences

(-): I + am not + noun/adjective


• I am not at home right now.
• I’m not a liar. Honestly.
• I’m not thirsty at the moment.

Incorrect: I amn’t thirsty.

Colloquial or “bad English”: I ain’t from Yazoo City.


Respond to the following statements with yes I am, no I’m not, true, false/not true, yes and no, in the middle, maybe, usually, mostly, sometimes, it depends. Say why and give examples. If it’s not correct, correct it.




11. I am a hundred-and-seventy-five centimeters (175 cm) tall. Yes or no?

12. I am good with computers and the internet. I’m a computer expert. True or false?

13. I am an a) excellent, b) very good, c) good, d) average, e) mediocre, f) below average, g) failing student.

14. I am very talkative. I am quiet. I am in between. I talk often in class. I talk sometimes. Which is correct?

15. Im shy in public. Or, I am not shy. Sometimes I’m shy around other people.

16. I am am a a) genius, b) very smart, c) fairly smart, d) of average intelligence. Which is true? Which describes you?


17. Im very neat and tidy. My room is neat and tidy. Or I am messy. My room is messy. Or in the middle. I am partially messy; partially neat.

18. I am a winner. I always win in sports, games, contests. I never lose. Or, I don’t always win. I sometimes win. I seldom win.

19. I am hot-tempered. I am quick tempered. I get angry quickly. Or I am friendly. Or I am both, or I am in the middle.

20. I am very fast. I can run fast. I finish my homework and tests quickly. I learn math, history, reading, writing, English very fast.

21. I’m am very talented in singing, dancing, art, music, acrobatics, roller skating, skate boarding, sports.

22. Im very funny. I like to tell jokes and funny stories.





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