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The Verb BE
The verb be is the most important verb to learn.
Lesson 03 – Using the Verb (BE) in Affirmative Statements – Contracted
Practice using the verb be in affirmative statements with contractions.
The verb be can be contracted* or shortened.
Notice how in the contracted form, a vowel is removed and an apostrophe is put in the place of the removed vowel.
VERB (BE) – AFFIRMATIVE – CONTRACTED
Basic Sentence Structure with the Verb (be)
SUBJECT (pronoun) + VERB (be) + [proper noun, or adjective]
He’s | She’s | It’s nice.
INSTRUCTIONS: Use the correct form of the verb be to make an affirmative statement. Contract the Subject + the verb be.
BONUS – Printable Chart
Download and print the pdf on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of plain paper.
Use the chart to help you memorize how to contract the verb be.
Some words can be used as verbs or nouns. Typically, the verb is stressed on the second syllable (e.g., con-TRACT) and the noun is stressed on the first syllable (e.g., CON-tract).
e.g., The verb be is con-TRACT-ed.
Contraction is a noun. When a noun ends in -tion (pronounced as shun), the stress is typically on the syllable before tion. So, contraction is pronounced con-TRAC-tion.