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How to Use ‘am’

Learn to speak English fluently using TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed to facilitate self-learning in an easy way. The course is organised into units for easy learning. Learn each unit and talk in English using what you learn. In this unit you will learn “How to use ‘am’.” To know more read: How to Use the Course Content?

In the process of learning to speak in English, one must begin learning the use of some of the basic words. One of the commonly used basic words is ‘am‘. We use ‘am‘ with ‘I‘ in our day to day conversation to talk about oneself. It is used to talk in reference to the present.

‘Am’ with ‘I’ is used:

  • To introduce or talk about oneself

  I am ———–. (You can use your name)
  I am a student.
  I am a homemaker.

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I am a graduate
a teacher
a businessman
an engineer
an officer
an Indian

You can make sentences using the above table, and also by substituting words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

actor                        chef
cricketer                dancer
driver                      singer
professor               designer
manager                director
journalist               tailor
inspector               lawyer
lecturer                  trainee

  • To talk about one’s physical state, mental state or a situation

I am hungry.
I am married.
I am confident.

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I am happy
intelligent
strong
bored
shocked

You can make sentences using the above table and also by substituting words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

angry                 rich
lazy                     smart
lucky                  handsome
beautiful          confident
sick                      humble
serious              surprised
tired                    worried
anxious             tempted

  • To talk about an action which is continuous in reference to oneself.

I am playing cricket.
I am reading the newspaper.
I am watching TV.

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I am studying Chemistry.
playing a game.
cooking food.
reading a novel.
going to college.

You can make sentences using the above table and also by substituting words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

buying                   ironing
driving                   finding
arranging            checking
learning                riding
selling                    talking
speaking               helping
singing                   thinking
planning               surfing

Exercise: Write more sentences using the examples, which you can use in your day-to-day conversation and practice orally.

Contracted Forms of   ‘I am’
Positive Form Negative Form
  Long Form   Short Form   Long Form   Short Form
  I am     I’m   I am not   I’m not

Note: The negative of ‘am’ is ‘am not’. Its contracted (short) form is ‘ain’t’ but it is not used in formal English.

I am a manager.                 I’m a manager.
I am not a manager.         I’m not a manager.

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You can check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries