Is, Am, Are

The forms is, am and are are used in the present tense; was and were are used in the past tense.

Is

Use is when the subject is a singular noun or a third person singular pronoun (he, she or it).

  • Shiva is my friend.
  • He is an archeologist.
  • Uma is an eminent pediatrician. She works at a private hospital.
  • The elephant is the biggest animal on land.
  • The baby is crying. It is hungry.

Are

Use are when the subject is a plural noun or a plural pronoun like you, we and they.

  • You are the most wonderful person I have met.
  • They are working on an important project.
  • We are still waiting to hear from them.
  • The children are busy with their studies.
  • These mangoes are very sweet.
  • Those memories are painful.

Am

Use am when the subject is the first person pronoun I.

  • I am writing.
  • I am working.
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