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English Verbs - Example Sentences of the Verb to Be

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This page provides example sentences of the verb "to be" in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

Base Form be /Past Simple was-were / Past Participle been / Gerund being

Present Simple

He is a good friend.

Present Simple Passive

None

Present Continuous

None

Present Continuous Passive

None

Present Perfect

I've been a teacher for many years.

Present Perfect Passive

None

Present Perfect Continuous

None

Past Simple

She was an excellent tennis player when she was young.

Past Simple Passive

None

Past Continuous

None

Past Continuous Passive

None

Past Perfect

Peter had been to the office before they arrived.

Past Perfect Passive

None

Past Perfect Continuous

None

Future (will)

She will be here soon.

Future (will) passive

None

Future (going to)

Mary is going to be late for the meeting.

Future (going to) passive

None

Future Continuous

None

Future Perfect

She'll have been here for two weeks by next Friday.

Future Possibility

They might be at the party.

Real Conditional

If you hurry up, we will be on time.

Unreal Conditional

If you were here, I would be happy.

Past Unreal Conditional

If Jack had been at the party, she would have spoken with him.

Present Modal

You should be more careful.

Past Modal

He can't have been on time!

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