Verb to be questions English Beginners Course Lesson 3

We use verb to be questions in the present simple form of the verb “to be” follow the following formulae:

Positive form: Am / Is / Are + Subject + Object + ?

i.e. (for example) Am I a good accountant?

Are you a good doctor?

Is he a bad builder?

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Hi guys welcome back I’m Julia your online English teacher and I am here to
welcome you to lesson three. now the grammar point of today is verb to be questions exercises
questions. In other words questions which we construct with the verb to be, Say
lesson one and two you have learned how to conjugate the verb to be in its full
and contracted forms, in the positive and negative forms, now we’re going to make
questions which will be in the positive or the negative forms contracted or
full so quite a lot of new theory here so if you haven’t already posted any
comments start posting today. So if by now you are not 100% comfortable with
the grammar points please do not hesitate to post your doubts in the
comment section below. If you are enjoying your videos don’t forget to
give it a like and do subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already so as
usual I’m here to recommend also that you follow the order of each lesson just
to get the most out of each lesson so the order that we have established is
simply the dialogue so you have a story that’s kind of the pretext that’s where
we put all the vocabulary and the grammar of the day.Then the vocabulary
that’s a pretext to work on pronunciation then grammar that’s just
to present you with more examples and give you an understanding of the theory.
We then move on to QA questions and answers and that’s quite dynamic it’s
like a simulation of another conversation another pretext to work on
that vocabulary and grammar of the day. and then you and I coincide again for
the recap video. So I will now let you study and enjoy today’s lesson and I’ll
see you a little later in our recap video bye for now.

Present tense in English
Learn how to use the present tense correctly in English in the affirmative form.


1/ Sentence Practice with verb to be questions

  • I am a builder. – I work as a builder.
  • Am I a bad builder? – Am I not a good builder? – Aren’t I a good builder?
  • You are a cleaner. – You work as a cleaner.
  • Are you a bad cleaner? – Are you not a good cleaner? – Aren’t you a good cleaner?
  • It is a good job. – Is it a bad job? – Is it not a good job? – Isn’t it a good job?
  • He is a dentist. – He works as a dentist.
  • Is he a bad dentist? – Is he not a good dentist? – Isn’t he a good dentist?
  • We are doctors. – We work as doctors.
  • Are we bad doctors? – Are we not good doctors? – Aren’t we good doctors?
  • You are engineers. – You work as engineers.
  • Are you bad engineers? – Are you not good engineers? – Aren’t you good engineers?
  • They are electricians. – They work as electricians.
  • Are they bad electricians? – Are they not good electricians? – Aren’t they good electricians?


2/ Vocabulary Practice

  • I work as a   I work as an….
  • bad
  • a job – jobs
  • an accountant – accountants
  • a builder –  builders
  • a banker- bankers
  • a barber – barbers
  • a barman – barmen
  • a chef – chefs
  • a cleaner – cleaners
  • a dentist – dentists
  • a doctor –  doctors
  • an electrician –  electricians
  • an engineer – engineers

Grammar for verb to be questions

3/ Questions with verb “to be”

We use verb to be questions in the present simple form of the verb “to be” follow the following formulae:

Positive form: Am / Is / Are + Subject + Object + ?

i.e. (for example) Am I a good accountant?

Are you a good doctor?

Is he a bad builder?

Is she a good banker?

Is it a good job?

Are we good barbers?

Are you bad dentists?

Are they good electricians?

Verb to be questions using the negative form: Am / Is / Are + Subject + not + Object + ?

i.e. Am I not a good accountant?

Are you not a good builder?

Is he not a bad engineer?

Is she not a good doctor?

It is not a good job?

Are we not good dentists?

Are you not bad bankers?

Are they not good barmen?

Contracted / short negative form:

Verb to be questions using the Negative form: Aren’t Isn’t + Subject + Object + ?

i.e. Aren’t I a good accountant?

Aren’t you a good builder?

Isn’t he a bad engineer?

Isn’t she a good doctor?

Isn’t it a good job?

Aren’t we good dentists?

Aren’t you bad bankers?

Aren’t they good barmen?

Please be careful with the changes to the verb to be in the question form, especially with “I”:

Am I not…? >> Aren’t I?

English Speaking Practise

4/ Use the verb to be Questions and Answers

Are you a builder?
No, I am not a builder.

Is he a cleaner?
No, he’s not a cleaner.

Is she a dentist?
Yes, she is a dentist.

Are they engineers?
No, they are not engineers.

Are we doctors?
yes, we are doctors.

Are you electricians ?
Yes, we are electricians.

Is it a good job?
No, it is a bad job.

Are you a bad cleaner?
No, I am a good cleaner.

Are we not good doctors?
Yes, we are good doctors.

Are you not a good cleaner?
No, I am not a good cleaner.

English Lesson 3 Recap with your English Teacher Julia.


Hi guys! Welcome back! Let’s do the recap together of lesson three! In this recap video, I’m going to cover three points. First of all, a pronunciation point, then we’re going to look at sentence structure together and then we’re going to review a grammar point.

So the pronunciation point of today is a silent letter. In English we have different combinations of sounds, whether vowel or consonant sounds. And we also have lots of silent letters. So we’re going to look at those silent letters in different stages.

So we’re going to look at one sound today which is the silent “U”.

There’s one word in today’s dialogue which is “builder”.

Some of my students might be tempted to say “builder”. (That was mispronounced)

Don’t forget that the “U” is a silent letter! It is just like in the following words that will appear on the screen: “biscuit”, “build”, “guard”, “guest”, “guitar”, and “guilt”.

Pronounce those words.

Get used to their pronunciation because English spelling isn’t very helpful when it comes to indicating how to pronounce a word. You just have to bear that in mind when you’re learning new words. Try to always transcribe the word phonetically. Try to remember its pronunciation by writing how it sounds to you. It is like a simplified phonetic transcription.

Repeat those words many times and practise writing them too!

So that was point number one!

Point number two is sentence structure.

When you’re talking about your job, how do you say that?

You can say:

  • “I am a teacher”
  • “I am an English teacher.”
  • “I work as a teacher.”
  • “they are teachers.”
  • “They work as teachers.”

Another example is:

  • He works as a dentist.
  • He is a dentist.
  • They work as dentists.
  • They are dentists.

And finally point number three is a grammar point.

It’s once again talking about the plural.

The plural of nouns is quite straightforward. We normally add an “S”.

For example: a builder > builders

But there are other scenarios. Sometimes we have to add “ES”

For example: a box > boxes

And sometimes even we have to change the word:

For example: a man > men

a barman > barmen

That’s it for today! I’ll see you soon!


Exercises Lesson 3

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice


Some verb to be questions