The verb to be

ESL Worksheet

The verb to be for Beginners

Present tense of the verb to be =  (is, are, am)

Past tense of the verb to be = (was, were)

Below is a worksheet for the Present tense of the verb to be

ESL Students and teachers can use this drill or worksheet 1 to be to practice in class or at home. Print this worksheet it is free.  Teachers and students can also scroll down to find the answers in the answer key for this worksheet at the bottom of this page.

Fill in the space with the verb to be (is, are, am)

  1. His name ———- mike.
  2. Sara ——— a tennis player.
  3. What ———– your name?
  4. How much ——- this sandwich.
  5. They ——  football players.
  6. Where —— you from?
  7. What time —– it?
  8. When —– you going back to England?
  9. We —- at the college every day.
  10. Jim and Emma ——- students at the university.
  11. I —- Eric, whats your name?
  12. I  — hungry today.
  13. I —— happy today.
  14. He —- sad today.
  15. She —- pretty.

Past tense of the verb to be coming soo


More exercises:

Exercise 1

Pre-Intermediate lessons, examples and exercises for ESL and English learners and teachers free to use and print. This lesson has examples of the present simple, presents continuous, the past simple, present continuous for the future, and Wh Questions.

Exercise 2

This drill is a practice of the present simple and present continuous. Many examples will be given to compare the use of the present simple the present continuous.


Answers for  ESL worksheet 1 to be:

  1. is
  2. is
  3. is
  4. is
  5. are
  6. are
  7. is
  8. are
  9. are
  10. are
  11. am
  12. am
  13. am
  14. is
  15. is