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Practice 2: Using Contractions with Be in the Present

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Based on this lesson, type a contraction of “to be” in the blank provided.

For some items, more than one answer may be correct. If a contraction is not possible, just type the correct form of the verb.

When you are finished, click “Answer.”

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1. (I / be / not) hungry right now.

I’m not very hungry right now.

2. Tom (be / not) from California. (He / be ) from Texas.

Tom isn’t from California.

Tom’s not from California. (very informal!)

He’s from Texas.

3. (I / be / not) hot. (You / be) hot!

I’m not hot.

You’re hot!

4. (We / be / not) students. (We / be) teachers.

We’re not students.

We aren’t students

We’re teachers.

5. Giraffes?... (They / be / not) from Asia! (They / be) from Africa.

They’re not from Asia!

They aren’t from Asia!

They’re from Africa.

6. Pedro and Javier (be / not) in school today. (They / be) at home.

Pedro and Javier aren’t in school today.

They’re at home.

7. Sandra and I (be / not) close friends. (We / be) colleagues.

Sandra and I aren’t close friends.

We’re colleagues.

8. This book (be / not) easy to read, but (it / be/ not) very long.

This book isn’t easy to read...

This book’s not easy to read... (very informal!)

... but it’s not very long.

... but it isn’t very long.

9. My house (be / not) very far from here. (It / be) only 20 miles.

My house isn’t very far from here.

It’s only 20 miles.

10. (It / be / not) cold today, but (it / be) very cloudy.

It isn’t cold today...

It’s not cold today...

... but it’s very cloudy.

11. (I / be / not) at home. (I / be) at work.

I’m not home.

I’m at work.

12. Brazil (be / not) in Central America. (It / be) in South America.

Brazil isn’t in Central America.

Brazil’s not in Central America. (very informal!)

It’s in South America.

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