Common Mistakes with the Verb To Be
In every language “to be” is one of the most common verbs. It is also one of the most difficult to use correctly. Here are some common mistakes often made with the English verb “to be.”
Using to be when another verb should be used
Incorrect: I am agree.
Correct: I agree.
Explanation: In English, to agree is a verb, so we can use it as the main verb in the sentence.
Using to have in place of to be
Incorrect: I have 45 years. She has hungry.
Correct: I am 45 years old. She is hungry.
Explanation: When discussing ages or feelings, English uses to be. Both of these examples show adjectives describing the subject, and with adjectives we use to be.
Using people is not, people are
Incorrect: The people is happy.
Correct: The people are happy.
Explanation: People is plural for person, and should be followed by are. This comes from a direct translation of gente, which is singular in Spanish.
Forgetting to be in the continuous or progressive tenses.
Incorrect: I going to the movies right now.
Correct: I am going to the movies right now.
Explanation: The continuous (or progressive) tenses require the verb to be, followed by the present participle (-ing) of the verb.