unit16 - am or is or are or was or were ), look at Unit 4....

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Unit 16: THE VERB BE The verb be is unusual because it has eight (8) forms. 1 We use be . . . a IN IMPERATIVES (Unit 18) EXAMPLES: Be quiet! I can’t hear. b AFTER TO EXAMPLES: Try to be quiet, please. c AFTER MODAL VERBS (Unit 27) EXAMPLES: You must be quieter than that. They will be made here soon. 2 We use three (3) forms, am / is / are, for present tense EXAMPLES: I am trying to be quiet. H e is very quiet. These cars are made in Japan. 3 We use two (2) forms, was / were, for past tense EXAMPLES: I was trying to be quiet. H e was very quiet all the time. T h e y were made very well. NOTICE: If you are not sure about which form to use (
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Unformatted text preview: am or is or are or was or were ), look at Unit 4. 4 We use being . . . a IN CONTINUOUS FORMATIONS (Unit 22) EXAMPLES: You are being very quiet. They are being made here now. b AS PART OF THE SUBJECT EXAMPLES: Being quiet is hard for children. 5 We use been . . . IN PERFECT FORMATIONS (Units 24, 26) EXAMPLES: He had been quiet for a long time. They have been made here for years. We’ve been making them quickly. NOTICE: Every passive formation (Unit 43) has a form of the verb be in it. NOTICE: Unit 17 tells you more about be as an auxiliary verb....
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unit16 - am or is or are or was or were ), look at Unit 4....

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