The verb be

Forms of the verb to be are used very frequently in the English language. It is very useful to
know all of the verb’s forms. Here is a list to help you along with the verb’s tenses.

Present tense: The action either exists or is happening now.

Singular Plural
First person I am happy. We are there now.
Second person You are tall. You are here with us.
Third person (He, She, It) is in the room. They are laughing.

Past tense: The action was started and completed already.

Singular Plural
First person I was there last night. We were happy.
Second person You were in the recital. You were excited.
Third person (He, She, It) was there. They were ecstatic.

Future tense: The action will or shall occur later.

Singular Plural
First person I will (or shall) be there. We will (or shall) be there.
Second person You will (or shall) be selected. You will (or shall) be here.
Third person (He, She, It) will (or shall) be on
the panel.
They will (or shall) be with us.

Past perfect tense: The action ended before another past action or state of being.

Singular Plural
First person I had sat in that room. We had been friends.
Second person You had swum in that lake. You had helped my aunt.
Third person (He, She, It) had been there. They had sung with them.