Lesson Two

Be – Present Tense Negative

Subject + (be) + not

I am not
We are not
You are not
You are not

He is not

She is not

It is not

They are not


Listen and write in your notebook. write

I am not a student.
I’m a teacher.
You are not a teacher.
You are a student.


He is not outside.
He’s inside.
She is not angry.
She’s happy.
It is not a chair.
It’s an apple.
We are not students.
We are a family.
You are not a family.
You are students.
They are not students.
They are workers.


Listen and write. write


I am not

I’m not

We are not
We aren’t
We’re not
You are not

You aren’t

You’re not

You are not

You aren’t

You’re not

He is not

He isn’t

He’s not

She is not

She isn’t

She’s not

It is not

It isn’t

It’s not

They are not

They aren’t

They’re not

The nonstandard form of the verb “be” in English is ain’t.

I don’t recommend the use of “ain’t,”

but you will hear it used among native speakers.

I ain’t
We ain’t
You ain’t
You ain’t
He ain’t
She ain’t
It ain’t
They ain’t
  • He ain’t here. (He isn’t here.)
  • You ain’t gettin’ nothin. (You aren’t getting anything.)
  • This ain’t gonna work. (This isn’t going to work.)

This video explains how ain’t is used.

The use of “ain’t” is not good English; however, many Americans use it, especially young people.

Click here for an online quiz with answers.

Click here for a printable PDF of the quiz.

Next: Lesson 3
making questions with the verb “be”