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The “BE” Verb Be is a verb? • It certainly is, but… –It doesn’t show action like most verbs –It tells what someone or something is or like Example time • Marvin was being silly. • NOTE: with this example we are using two verbs, was and being. Normally when we write or say this, we get rid of being. •Marvin was silly Our Present Tense “Be” Verbs • am • are • is EXAMPLES –I am running. –We are laughing. –Freddy Joe is smiling. Our Past Tense “Be” Verbs • was • were EXAMPLES –She was crying. –John and Sara were hopping. Practice • Decide what form of the “BE” verb should fit in the blanks. Then decide if the sentence is in past or present tense. • am, was, is, are ,were am • I ________ running on the track. Present was • Mandy _______ mean yesterday. Past were nice this past • Larry and Joe ____ week. Past is a good person. • I think Robert ___ Present Game Time • The class will be divided into two teams. • For each problem, I will announce a “be” verb. • Everyone will have 20 seconds to write a complete sentence using the “be” verb. correctly. • Then I will call on one person from a team to show me their sentence. If their sentence is correct and they know the tense, they get a point. If incorrect, the other team can steal the point by showing me a correct sentence.