PRESENT SIMPLE of BE - Exercises with keys


1. Complete what Richard says. Use am, is or are.

My name _____ Richard. I ______ twenty one. I ______ a student at Bristol University. Bristol _____ a big city in the west of England. My parents ______ from Nigeria but I _____ British. My two brothers ______ lawyers and my sister ______ an accountant.
My brothers and sister ______ married but I _____ single. I have a niece, too. She _____ three.

2. Correct the sentences. Use the short forms of be.

A: She's Japanese. (Korean) 
B: No, _______________.

A: We're late. (early) 
B: No, ________________.

A: They're from Italy. (Poland) 
B: No, _________________.

A: You're ill. (fine) 
B: No, _________________.

A: He's a journalist. (doctor) 
B: No, _________________.

A: I'm fat. (thin) 
B: No, _________________.

3. Complete the conversation. Use be and the words in brackets.

A: _______________ (you and Thomas) in the same band?
B: No, ____________.
A: ____________ (you) the singer in your band?
B: No, _____________. I'm the drummer.
A: ___________ (Kim) the singer?
B: Yes. And Laura's the guitarist.
A: Really? ____________ (Laura and Kim) sisters?
B: No, ____________. They're friends.
A: Oh. So, _______________ (your gig) on Saturday at the Coconut Club?
B: No, ___________ .
A: Where _____ (it)?
B: It's at the T8, at 9.30.
A: And ____________ (you) ready for it?
B: Yes, ____________.
A: Good luck then!
B: Thanks.

4. Complete the e-mail. Use be.

Hi, Alex!
How ____ you? How ____ Nikki? I ____ fine. My hostel ____ OK. My room _____ big, but it's comfortable.
Sarah and Nicholas _____ in London this year, too. They _____ on my course, but they're at my college, and Sarah and I ______ in the same hostel.
What about you? _____ your new job interesting? Do you like it?
Write soon!
Clare

ANSWER KEYS

1. Complete what Richard says. Use am, is or are.

My name is Richard. I am twenty one. I am a student at Bristol University. Bristol is a big city in the west of England. My parents are from Nigeria but I am British. My two brothers are lawyers and my sister is an accountant.
My brothers and sister are married but I am single. I have a niece, too. She is three.

2. Correct the sentences. Use the short forms of be.

A: She's Japanese. (Korean) 
B: No, she isn't Japanese. She's Korean.

A: We're late. (early) 
B: No, we aren't late. We're early.

A: They're from Italy. (Poland) 
B: No, they aren't from Italy. They're from Poland.

A: You're ill. (fine) 
B: No, I'm not ill. I'm fine.

A: He's a journalist. (doctor) 
B: No, he isn't a journalist. He's a doctor.

A: I'm fat. (thin) 
B: No, you aren't fat. You're thin.

3. Complete the conversation. Use be and the words in brackets.

A: Are you and Thomas in the same band?
B: No, we aren't.
A: Are you the singer in your band?
B: No, I'm not. I'm the drummer.
A: Is Kim the singer?
B: Yes. And Laura's the guitarist.
A: Really? Are Laura and Kim sisters?
B: No, they aren't. They're friends.
A: Oh. So,  is your gig on Saturday at the Coconut club?
B: No, it isn't.
A: Where is it?
B: It's at the T8, at 9.30.
A: And are you ready for it?
B: Yes, I am/we are.
A: Good luck then!
B: Thanks.

4. Complete the e-mail. Use be.

Hi, Alex!
How are you? How's Nikki? I'm fine. My hostel's OK. My room isn't big, but it's comfortable.
Sarah and Nicholas are in London this year, too. They aren't on my course, but they're at my college, and Sarah and I are in the same hostel.
What about you? Is your new job interesting? Do you like it?
Write soon!
Clare

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