Exercises with the verb to be. English I.


Grammar Exercises – The Simple present of the verb “to be”

Do the exercises on the simple present of the verb to be and click on the answer button to check your answers.

(Before doing the exercises you may want to read the lesson on the simple present of the verb to be)

Principio del formulario

Fill in the blanks with the right subject / personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, they):

  1. Angelina Joli is American.  isn’t French.
  2. Brad Pitt is American, too.  isn’t German.
  3. Brad and Angelina aren’t French.  are American.
  4. My friend and I are high school students.  aren’t primary school students.
  5. The Statue of Liberty is in New York.  isn’t in Washington.

Fill in the blanks with the right form of to be ( am, are or is):

  1.  you the new student?
  2. Yes, I  .
  3. Leila and Nancy  students.
  4. Nancy  Australian .
  5. My sister and I  students.
  6. The girls  tired.
  7. These women  beautiful.
  8. The tea  delicious.
  9. Nadia and Leila  friends.
  10. The newspaper  cheap.

Choose the correct answer (negative or affirmative form of to be):

  1. Is Julia Robert French? No, she                                                is notis French.
  2. What about Robert de Nero? Is he an American actor? Yes, he                                                is notis .
  3. Are New York and Los Angeles Spanish Cities? No, they                                            are notare Spanish cities.
  4. Is Big Ben in Paris? No, it                                                is notis in Paris.
  5. Is Mount Everest in Africa? No, it                                                is notis in Africa. It is in Asia.

Final del formulario

Introducing yourself and other people

Introducing yourself and others

There is a range of ways to introduce yourself and people.

Introducing yourself:

Here are expressions to introduce yourself:

  • My name is …
  • I’m ….
  • Nice to meet you; I’m …
  • Pleased to meet you; I’m …
  • Let me introduce myself; I’m …
  • I’d like to introduce myself; I’m …

Introducing others:

Here are expressions to introduce others:

  • Jack, please meet Nicolas.
  • Jack, have you met Nicolas?
  • I’d like you to meet Liza.
  • I’d like to introduce you to Betty.
  • Leila, this is Barbara. Barbara this is Leila.

Useful responses when introducing yourself or other people:

  • Nice to meet you.
  • Pleased to meet you.
  • Happy to meet you.
  • How do you do?


Alex is talking to the new manager and his assistant. Notice how they introduce themselves:

Alex: Hi! My name is Alex Litterman, the new manager.
William: Hi! I’m William O’Brian. Nice to meet you, Mr Alex Litterman.
John: William, please meet Mr Steve Lynch, my assistant
Jack: How do you do?
Nicolas: How do you do?

Things to remember:

  • When introducing yourself or other people in a formal situation use full names. (“I’m Alex Litterman.”)
  • How do you do?” isn’t really a question, it just means “Hello”
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