GRAMMAR


The past simple and the past participle of be

Conjugation of the verb be:

Base Form/Infinitive without 'to':

be

Past Simple:

was/were

Past Partciple:

been

Present Partciple:

being

Third Person Singular:

is

Definition:

1. To exist.
2. To occur; take place.
3. It is used to show either a permanent or temporary quality, state, etc.



Forms of the verb 'to be' in the simple present:
I am
You are (i.e., second-person singular)
He is
She is
It is
We are
You are (i.e., second-person plural)
They are

Example(s):

- Verbs that are different from all the other patterns.
- Verbs like 'be, was/were, been'.

Similar verbs

The irregular verbs in the table below have the same pattern as be. They are:

- Verbs that are different from all the other patterns.
- Verbs like 'be, was/were, been'.

Verb Simple past Past Participle
be was/were been
do did done
go went gone
lie lay lain
saw sawed sawed/sawn
sew sewed sewed/sewn
show showed shown
sow sowed sown/sowed
strew strewed strewed/strewn
underlie underlay underlain
undo undid undone
unedrgo underwent undergone