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VERB TO BE - AM / IS / ARE - for elementary level students

Fill in the blanks with am, is or are ( you can use contractions 'm, 's , 're if you like) :

  1. Susan ___ a very tall woman.
  2. Peter and Sara ___ best friends.
  3. It ___ very difficult for me to finish the task.
  4. You ___ in a very good position to judge.
  5. My family ___ very large. There ___ four children.
  6. There ___ a nice shoe shop nearby.
  7. It __ a bad weather today, so I'll stay at home.
  8. Sonia and her dog ____ on the sofa.
  9. My best friends ____ always there to support me.
  10. If there ____ anything I can do for you, please let me know.
  11.  Dogs ___ lovely animals, aren't they?
  12.  It ___ the best year in my life, really.
  13.  The police ____ investigating the crime.
  14. I think she ___ a bit overweight.
  15. They ____ at the supermarket.
  16. Sonia's best friends ____ excellent students.
  17. I ___ an English teacher and you ____ my students.
  18. Pete and Tony ___ best friends.
  19.  She ___ my sister and I love her very much.
  20. Our dogs ____ brownish as you can see.
  21. This watch ____ useless. I'll throw it away.
  22. I ____ a bit nervous because of the test tomorrow. What about you?
  23. These notebooks ____ mine!
  24. Some children ____ afraid of their teachers.
Drill: Use whether am, is or are in all sentences. Only one of them is possible in all sentences:
1.   It ____ too difficult for me.
2.   Sonia ____ my best friend.
3.   Your dog ____ very nice.
4.   He ____ too rude to me and I don't know why.
5.   London ____ the capital city of England and the United Kingdom.
6.   She ____ a very polite girl.
7.   It ____ a bit difficult situation.


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Used to/Get used to/Be used to

‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’
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‘used to + infinitive’

Used to is for things that happened in the past and have no connectivity to present:

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Question form is (upitni oblik je) : Did she (subject)  use to..? Did she use to drink a lot of coffee?

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