This verb has three present tense forms: AM, IS, ARE.
It also has two past tense forms: WAS, WERE.

The form must match the subject of the sentence.

Present
I AM
HE/SHE/IT IS
WE/YOU/THEY ARE

  • I am happy.
  • He is sick.

Past
I WAS
HE/SHE/IT WAS
WE/YOU/THEY WERE

  • I was sad yesterday.
  • He was sick last week.

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Contractions
We often shorten this verb when speaking.