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How to Conjugate the Verb To Be

The verb to be is possibly the weirdest verb in the English language, but you have to know it because you will use it all the time. Not only do you want to tell other people all about you, you need to be able to conjugate the verb to be to create prefect and progressive tenses of regular English verbs. Here it is, tense by tense.

Present tense

Singular Plural
I am we are
you are you are
he, she, it is they are

Note that the singular forms are in the first column and plural forms are in the second column. Singulars are for one person or thing and plurals for more than one. “You” is listed twice because it may refer to one person or to a group. (Just one more bit of illogic in the language.)

Past tense

Singular Plural
I was we were
you were you were
he, she, it was they were

Future tense

Singular Plural
I will be we will be
you will be you will be
he, she, it will be they will be

Present perfect

Singular Plural
I have been we have been
you have been you have been
he, she, it has been they have been

Past perfect

Singular Plural
I had been we had been
you had been you had been
he, she, it had been they had been

Future perfect

Singular Plural
I will have been we will have been
you will have been you will have been
he, she, it will have been they will have been
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